Elmhurst police keeping an eye out for distracted drivers

Extra patrols this week looking for drivers using cell phones, texting while driving

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Elmhurst Police will be on the lookout for distracted drivers this week. (Stock photo)

ELMHURST – It’s always a good idea to avoid talking on a cell phone while driving, but this week in Elmhurst it would be especially foolhardy to have one hand on the wheel and the other holding a phone.

The Elmhurst Police Department on Monday announced that it is taking part in an Illinois Distracted Driver Awareness Week campaign this week, along with many other police departments across the state.

“Recent studies have shown that distracted driving is becoming more problematic and that distracted drivers are often just as dangerous as drivers who are driving under the influence of alcohol,” a news release from the police department stated. “Nationwide, in the most recent year of analysis (2015), there were 3,477 people killed and an estimated 391,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.”

According to the release, extra officers will be on patrol this week looking for drivers on the phone or texting while driving.

“Motorists are reminded to use a hands-free device only or to pull over to a safe location when using a cell phone,” the release states.

The official website for the campaign lists more than 250 entities taking part, including many police departments from DuPage County and the surrounding area.