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North Aurora issues 40 tickets in distracted driving campaign

Tickets given in April, May

NORTH AURORA – The North Aurora Police Department has issued 40 citations and 13 warnings this spring to drivers violating the state’s ban on hand-held cellphones.

“We’re disappointed that so many people are still driving while distracted, even after all of the press about tragedies and public education efforts,” North Aurora Deputy Police Chief Scott Buziecki said.

From April 1 through May 15, the North Aurora Police Department said officers were out in force looking for distracted driving violations. The department took part in the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Tollway’s Drop it and Drive Campaign, designed to educate drivers about the new state law that took effect Jan. 1 banning hands-free cellphone use.

Buziecki said the department will continue the effort.

“We will continue to aggressively enforce the new law until people change their behavior,” Buziecki said.

He cited statistics showing that between 2008 to 2012, nearly 6,000 crashes occurred in Illinois in which some form of driver distraction involving a cellphone was cited by police. Thirty of those crashes resulted in deaths.

Buziecki advised motorists that if they need to talk on the phone to use a speakerphone or headset that allows for voice-activated or one-digit dialing. Both are allowed under the state’s new law. 

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