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DeKalb police to ramp up patrol for Distracted Drivers Awareness Week

DeKalb High School juniors and seniors attend a mock prom crash scenario with the DeKalb police and fire departments in April 2018.
DeKalb High School juniors and seniors attend a mock prom crash scenario with the DeKalb police and fire departments in April 2018.

DeKALB – Drivers tempted to use their cellphone or text while driving next week will have a greater chance of being pulled over.

DeKalb patrol officers will ramp up patrols for Distracted Drivers Awareness Week from April 21 to 27, according to the DeKalb Police Department’s Facebook page.

Extra officers will be out patrolling to enforce hands-free driving, and they will issue violations to anyone found using their cellphones to text or make calls while driving, according to the post.

According to the Illinois State Police, cellphone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes a year. Texting while driving is six times more likely to cause a crash than driving under the influence of alcohol, according to ISP statistics, and it makes drivers 23 times more likely to crash.

When drivers use their cellphones, they are increasing their chances of getting into a wreck by 400%, according to the post.

Illinois state law prohibits the use of hand-held electronic devices for any purpose, which includes talking, texting or using apps. It also is illegal for drivers younger than 19 to use any electronic devices, even hands-free, according to the post.

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