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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2019
CONTACT: Chief Dave Campbell – Auburn Police Department – 217-438-3351
Heightened enforcement of hands-free law in April, National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
City of Auburn – April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the City of Auburn Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police, and more than 100 local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to remind drivers to drop their phones or pay up.
Motorists will see increased patrols and enforcement zones across Illinois throughout the month. The Auburn Police Department will be ticketing drivers who text or use their cellphones while driving.
Over the past decade, distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of vehicle crashes on our roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, 3,166 people died in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2017. While this represents a nine-percent decrease in distracted driving fatalities from 2016, there is clearly more work to be done.
“Every day, you can look out your car window and see a driver using their cellphone,” said Chief Campbell “People know texting and driving is dangerous and illegal, but they do it anyway, and it puts others at risk.”
Texting while driving distracts a driver visually, manually and cognitively. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving blind at 55 miles per hour for the length of an entire football field.
Follow these steps for a safe driving experience:
- If you are expecting a text message or need to send one, pull over and park your car in a safe location. Once you are safely off the road and parked, it is safe to text.
- Designate your passenger as your “designated texter.” Allow them access to your phone to respond to calls or messages.
- Do not engage in social media scrolling or messaging while driving. Cellphone use can be habit-forming.
- Put your cellphone in the trunk, glove box, or back seat until you arrive at your destination.
The Distracted Driving enforcement campaign is supported through federal funds administered by IDOT.
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Residents will cell numbers on file with the City of Auburn will be receiving a text message from City of Auburn. It is a legitimate message from the city message service.
It does not offer as many details as we had thought, but it is now an option to residents to receive text messages for any alerts sent out through the city all call system.
If you wish to receive any city alerts through text, just hit Y to opt in for this type of message alerts. You will then begin receiving texts instead of phone calls for all city alerts.
If you do not reply or hit N, you will still receive phone calls as before.
If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact us further at 217-438-6151.
All golf cart and neighborhood vehicles within the City of Auburn that seek to renew their annual permit must do so on or before April 30th. Permits are granted for a period of one year and will be renewed annually, for the period of May 1st to April 30th. The cost to renew is 75.00.
The vehicle must be brought to the city office and inspected by a representative of the police department. If a police officer is not available at the police station, individuals may use the designated phone in the police department to call 217-753-6666 and request an officer to return to the station.
The applicant applying for the permit must provide evidence of insurance in compliance with the provisions of the Illinois statutes regarding minimum liability insurance for passenger motor vehicles to the operated on the roads of the State of Illinois.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the city office at 217-438-6151 or the Auburn Police Department at 217-438-3351.