Lake County Distracted Driver Enforcement Initiatives Results

In the April 13, 2018 post (“Lake County Driver Distraction Traffic Safety Problem“) a recently announced distracted driver enforcement initiative was highlighted, and the problem of driver distraction was discussed especially as it relates to Lake County.

Results of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office enforcement initiative as well as results from Lake Forest have recently been announced.

An excerpt from the May 1, 2018 Lake County Sheriff’s Office media release titled “Sheriff’s Office Announces Results of Distracted Driver Campaign“:

The Lake County Sheriff’ Office issued 122 citations during the state-wide distracted driving campaign. The increased enforcement was part of the national Distracted Driving Awareness Month effort supported by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

“Driver distraction is a persistent issue in Lake County and often has life-altering consequences,” said Sheriff Curran.  “We implemented this enforcement action to encourage motorists to drop it and drive.”

As seen in the release, of the 122 citations, 94 were related to “electronic communication devices.”

An excerpt from the Lake Forest Patch article of April 30 titled “34 Distracted Driving Citations, 3 for Underage Drinking…“:

On April 19 and 20, Lake Forest police carried out two distracted driving enforcement operations around two school zones – Deerpath Middle School and Lake Forest High School – as part of an IDOT safety campaign.

Police issued 34 citations and 13 warnings to motorists for using cell phones while driving during over the two-day period.

Additional details regarding these Lake County distracted driver initiatives can be seen in the sources mentioned above.


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