Sunday, April 7, 2019

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

You should notice there will be many efforts to raise awareness about distracted driving in the community during this time.  Whether we always have the best behaviors or not, it is very likely that we can all agree distracted driving is a safety issue of epidemic proportions on today’s streets.  We would like to motivate reflection on your practices in the hope of creating a safer driving environment for all.  Beyond this simple issue, there is another issue that has been receiving high levels of publicity.  We think it is tied closely to the distracted driving issue.  It is related to Scott’s Law.  Please read on to help us save lives.

So far in 2019, 14 Illinois State Police Troopers have been struck, one fatally, by drivers who failed to follow Scott’s Law, Illinois’ Move Over Law. That means more Troopers have been struck in the just first three months of 2019 than in ALL of 2018. The dramatic rise in Scott’s Law-related accidents has gained attention across the state, and Governor Pritzker recently joined Illinois State Police officials in calling on drivers to pay attention, slow down, and move over for vehicles on the side of the road with flashing lights. ISP has announced their increased enforcement efforts, including special Scott’s Law details with an additional 2,000 hours of manpower to aid in the efforts.

Now more than ever, it is essential to raise awareness of Scott’s Law, teach safe driving practices, and lead by example behind the wheel. This includes spreading the word about the Give Them Distance Pledge to promote safe best practices for drivers across Illinois. It’s not just Illinois State Police Troopers who are affected; failing to follow Scott’s Law puts everyone—emergency responders, roadside workers and everyday drivers—in danger. Remember that Scott’s Law applies to ANY vehicle on the side of the road with flashing lights.

See below just a few of the dozens of articles on the increase in Scott’s Law violations and accidents.


 Help us make sure everyone makes it home alive every time we drive.

Sincerely,
Driver Education Teachers

Waubonsie – Neuqua – Metea


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