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Distracted Driving Awareness Month results released

WAUKEGAN – During April, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office participated in Illinois’ Distracted Driving Enforcement campaign, bringing awareness to area residents and issuing 219 citations. Increased enforcement was part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. 

“We all see it every time we venture out on our roadways, driver distraction is a persistent issue and often has life-altering consequence,” Sheriff John Idleburg said in a news release. “It’s simply unacceptable to be texting, video chatting, or being distracted by electronics while operating a vehicle.” 

During the monthlong campaign, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office issued 115 electronic communication device citations and six seat-belt citations, made three DUI arrests, encountered four suspended/revoked licenses and 12 uninsured motorists, issued 47 speeding citations, and had 10 Scott’s Law violations for a total of 219 citations.

These numbers only indicate citations issued during special enforcement details and not regular patrol hours. 

The Distracted Driving Enforcement campaign is supported through federal funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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