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Cops: Eyes on the Road, Hands Off the Phone, Palos Park

April is National Distracted Driving month, and Palos Park police will be keeping a special eye out for drivers not paying attention to the road.

Palos Park Police Commissioner Dan Polk reminds everyone that April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and asks driver’s to keep their eyes and focus on the roadway while driving

Palos Park officers will be patrolling roadways, cracking down on distracted driving in an attempt to lower vehicle crashes by enforcing restrictions on cell phones, texting, and any other distractions within the vehicle that would distract a driver while operating a motor vehicle.

The purpose of the campaign is to undertake visible, targeted enforcement during April, which is National Distracted Driving Month.  Enforcement activities will specifically focus on driver behaviors that distract from the task of driving, such as talking on a hand-held cell phone and/or sending text messages. 

Sending or receiving a text message takes a driver's eyes off the road for an average 4.6 seconds, which is the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field at 55 mph.  "Every time someone takes their eyes or their focus off the road—even for just a few seconds—they put their lives and the lives of others in danger," said Commissioner Polk.  "Distracted driving is unsafe, irresponsible and in a split second, its consequences can be devastating."

Police Chief Joe Miller encourages the driving public as always to be alert and cautious while driving. Should you receive a text message or phone call on your cellular phone while driving and your vehicle is not equipped with “Bluetooth,” pull to the side of the road when conditions are safe.

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Bob Laird April 04, 2014 at 09:28 AM
how long has this law been effect? I still see 3 out of 5 drivers still yakking or texting.
Mom April 11, 2014 at 08:51 AM
I agree. Yesterday morning, I was driving down SW Highway from 111th towards Harlem Avenue, and the male driver in the left hand lane had his face COMPLETELY DOWNWARD texting as he was approaching the curve in the road. I got up next to him and laid on my horn. He flipped me off and looked downward again. Hope he got to where he was going and didn't hurt or kill anyone along the way. Was sooo looking for an officer, but one nowhere to be found! I have two teenagers who are driving now and I make them leave their phones at home. Most people would argue that they need their phones in case something happened, but they are always with a friend who has a phone, so they are good. The ones who really irritate me are the highway drivers. Speeding to begin with but then texting also. We were driving home from out of state a few weekends ago and a truck driver was weaving all over the road. We finally got to a safe area where we could pass him and yes, you guessed it, texting! What is it going to take, other than a horrific accident, for these people to wake up?
Donna Thorpe April 11, 2014 at 08:54 AM
I still see alot of drivers on cell phones along with the police officers. I have seen an officer on his phone, then another driver on his n they get pulled over. How is that fair? Also, the women that wear head scarves have the phones tucked in and are talking. They have to take them out to disconnect or call someone. I'm not starting a prejudice policy, but if we can't drive with cell phones- then NO ONE can drive with them. Has to be fair for all.

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