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Illinois Begins Cracking Down On Distractions While Driving

A new state police effort in Chicago known as a “Combined Corridor Enforcement” will get underway this month in an effort to catch drivers engaging in several common distracted driving actions. According to My Fox Chicago the project will focus on what are known at the “Fatal Five” violations: speeding, failure to use seatbelts, Driving Under the Influence, following too closely, and improper lane usage.

Also, the Illinois State Police in the Chicago-area will concentrate on drivers who text while behind the wheel and fail to move over when emergency vehicles are approaching. The crack-down will be specifically focused on the Interstate 355 corridor, portions of the Tri-State Tollway, and parts of Reagan Memorial Tollway.

The enforcement program is a joint effort intended to reduce crashes in areas on the highway where they are common-when cars approach off-ramps and at interchanges. Of course, our Chicago car accident attorneys at well aware of the problems that exist at these risky locations on the high-speed roadways. Any location where travelers go from a fast speed to a slower speed presents unique challenges that put all drivers at risk. That risk is magnified tremendously when drivers engage in behavior that distracts them.

The consequences of this distracted driving are exponential. Lives literally hang in the balance, and so the importance of eliminating these deadly behaviors cannot be overstated. We encourage all travelers to exercise extreme care both in these risky locations as well as at all times when behind of the wheel of these machines.

As State Police District Chicago Commander David Nanninga said, “The Illinois State Police would like to remind motorists how important it is to practice safe driving habits and eliminate distractions while driving.”