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                                                    Put Your Phone Away or Get Ready to Pay.
                           Law Enforcement to Stop Distracted Drivers with U Drive. U Text. U Pay.


From April 6 to April 10, 2017, law enforcement will be out in force looking for distracted drivers as part of the U
Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign, a high-visibility effort to enforce distracted-driving laws.

“Everyone knows texting and driving is illegal and dangerous, and everyone knows they shouldn’t be doing it—but
we see it happen all the time,” said Mike Rompapa, President, Illinois Traffic Safety Leaders “Beginning April 6th,
you will see stepped-up law enforcement efforts. Officers will be stopping and ticketing anyone who is caught texting
and driving. If you text and drive, you will pay.”

Too many drivers are ignoring their responsibilities behind the wheel, and distracted driving is a growing and
deadly threat on our roadways. Law enforcement is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration to make sure all motorists keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.
Violating distracted driving laws can be costly.

According to NHTSA, 3,477 people were killed and an estimated 391,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving
distracted drivers in 2015. This is a 9-percent increase in fatalities as compared to the previous year.
An analysis by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety of 2009-2012 data found that while more than 80 percent of
drivers believed it was completely unacceptable for a motorist to text behind the wheel, more than a third of those
same drivers admitted to reading text messages while operating a passenger motor vehicle themselves.
“Do the right thing—put your phone away when you get behind the wheel. Save yourself the embarrassment and
expense of getting pulled over—or more importantly, maybe save someone’s life,” said Rompala
Illinois Traffic Safety Leaders and NHTSA urge you to put your phone down when you get behind the wheel. If you
need to text, pull over and park your vehicle first.

Remind your family and friends to never text and drive:

Texting and driving is more than just personally risky. When you text and drive, you are a danger to everyone
around you.

No one likes to be criticized by a friend for doing something wrong, but it’s even worse to get caught by law
enforcement and have to pay a fine.

Don’t follow the pack, be a leader. When you get behind the wheel, be an example to your family and friends by
putting your phone away.

Speak up. If your friends are texting while driving, tell them to stop. Listen to your passengers; if they catch you
texting while driving and tell you to put your phone away, put it down.

Texting while driving is dangerous, and getting caught can be expensive and embarrassing. Save face, your
money, and maybe save a life—your text message can wait. Remember: U Drive. U Text. U Pay.
For more information, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov.