To help bring attention to the dangers associated with driving distracted, the Hoffman Estates Police Department, announced today it will again participate in education and enforcement campaigns for the National Safety Council Distracted Driving Awareness Month (April) and Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week (April 23-27).
Each day, 10 people are killed in distracted driving crashes - contributing to the 37,000 people killed in crashes on U.S. roadways during 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Contrary to what some drivers may think, hands-free, handheld and in-vehicle technologies are not distraction-free, even if a driver’s eyes are on the road and their hands are on the wheel. The latest AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety research found that:
• Drivers who text when behind the wheel more than double their odds of being involved in a crash;
• Drivers who use in-vehicle technologies, like voice-based and touch screen features, can be distracted for more than 40 seconds when completing tasks like programming navigation or sending a text message.
• Removing eyes from the road for just two seconds doubles the risk for a crash.
Please help keep the roadways in Hoffman Estates safe.