DANVILLE — The Danville Police Department worked throughout April to try and combat distracted driving.
From April 1 to April 30, the police department conducted a traffic enforcement detail that focused on distracted driving and cell phone use by drivers.
“Strategic planning and locations of the detail was based on the highest incidents of traffic crashes within the city of Danville,” according to a press release issued Saturday by the Danville Police Department. “Primarily, the enforcement took place on North Vermilion from Main, north to West Newell, and on to Gilbert from Main, and north to Winter Avenue.”
Other locations included the Main Street corridor.
During the month-long campaign which used 76 hours of extra patrol, the Danville Police Department issued:
• 35 electronic communication device citations
• six seat belt citations
• two child car seat citations
• two fugitives apprehended
• nine suspended/revoked or invalid licenses
• 27 uninsured motorists
• 22 speeding citations
• 12 stop sign/traffic control device violations
• four registration violations.
The traffic enforcement was funded fully by a grant of federal funds administered by Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) through the Illinois Distracted Driving Campaign. The campaign is designed to bring awareness to area residents of the negative impact of distracted driving which often has life-altering consequences. Issuing a citation is a proven way to get motorists to reduce distracted driving.
Nationally, 9 percent of fatal crashes in 2017 were reported as distraction-affected crashes. This includes 3,166 people killed in vehicles and 599 non-occupants (pedestrians, bicyclists and others) killed in distraction-affective crashes nationally.
“Even though this specific detail is over, the Danville Police Department will continue stopping drivers for violations that threaten public safety to our community. Our objective is to help keep our citizens and visitors safe,” the release said.