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QPD to join distracted driving awareness campaign

Posted: Apr. 22, 2019 10:10 am

QUINCY -- The Quincy Police Department will participate in the third annual Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week to raise awareness of distracted driving.

The campaign, which runs Monday through Friday, is a coordinated effort between the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, AAA, the Illinois State Police, Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois High School and College Driver Education Association and nearly 300 local law enforcement agencies in Illinois to educate drivers about the dangers of driving while distracted and enforcing the laws of Illinois roads.

"No distraction -- whether texting or talking on the phone -- is ever worth the loss of life on the roadway," said Deputy Chief Doug VanderMaiden in a press release. "These senseless deaths can easily be prevented if drivers simply choose to focus on the core task of driving when behind the wheel. We aim to do our part to help keep Quincy's roads safer."

The department said that despite the common belief, hands-free, handheld and in-vehicle technologies are not distraction free, even if the driver's eyes are on the road and their hands are on the wheel.

Research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that drivers who text when behind the wheel more than double their odds of being involved in a crash.

It also found that drivers who use in-vehicle technology, such as voice-based and touchscreen 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 2 seconds doubles the risk of crash.

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