ISP ramping up distracted driving patrols -

ISP ramping up distracted driving patrols

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COLLINSVILLE, Ill. ( – The Illinois State Police Department is warning drivers that distracted driving is worse than drunk driving.

In Illinois it is illegal to use a cell phone while driving, but police say some people don’t abide by the rule.

Last year, the Illinois State Police Department wrote 12,500 tickets and handed out 12,093 warnings to those using cell phones while driving, which is a moving violation that results in a $120 fine.

“We’re seeing a lot of serious injury crashes and lot of fatal crashes and the main causation is people messing with their electronic device,” said Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin Dye.

Due to the number of distracted drivers, the police department is hoping hefty fines will force people to put their phones down as they prepare to ramp up patrols this week.

“We’re going to have more officers out, visual on the roadway and they’re going to be looking for distracted drivers, speeds and people driving impaired to remove them from the roadways,” Trooper Dye said.

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