- POLICE DEPARTMENT
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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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UPDATED CELL NUMBERS NEEDED TO RECEIVE CITY NOTIFICATIONS VIA TEXT MESSAGE
At this time, the City of Auburn uses the SchoolMessenger notification service to send important information about past due utility bills, boil orders, street closings/weather related information to our customers through phone calls.
As of May 1st, the City can offer such notifications through text message instead of phone calls.
To comply with wireless carrier requirements and protect against unsolicited text messages, you will receive a text message on the wireless cell phone number which the City of Auburn has on file for your account.
The initial OPT-IN message you receive will come from our ‘short code’, 64779 during the week of April 22-26, 2019 and read similar to the following:
“City of Auburn CSD messages. Reply Y to subscribe or STOP to cancel. Msg&data rates may apply. Msg freq varies. Visit schoolmessenger.com/txt for info”
TO OPT IN TO RECEIVE TEXT MESSAGES:
In order to receive these important messages via text, you would simply reply with “Y” or “Yes” when you receive such a verification message. If you do not reply, you will not receive any further text messages from our office and we will continue to notify you with all city updates via phone calls.
Please check with your wireless carrier for information about your mobile service plan and any possible charges related to text messaging. The City of Auburn DOES NOT reimburse for any charges associated with sending or receiving text messages.
To confirm we have the appropriate cell numbers on file or for any questions you might have on text message alerts, please do not hesitate to contact the city office 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.
A boil order is in effect for the following areas:
4th Street from Jackson to Washington
5th Street from Jackson to Washington
Adams Street from 8th to Mill Street
Jefferson from 6th going east to railroad tracks
Madison from 5th street going east to railroad tracks
Monroe from 5th street going east to railroad tracks.
Due to a water main break, there is a boil order in effect for the following areas:
On 4th Street from Jackson to Washington
On 5th Street from Jackson to Washington
On Adams from 8th to Mill Street
On Jefferson from 6th going East to Railroad Tracks
On Madison from 5th going East to Railroad Tracks
On Monroe from 5th going East to Railroad Tracks
The city is aware of a water main break affecting the following areas:
On Jackson Street between Springfield and Second Street
The water to the main will soon be shut off to repair the break. When the water is restored, customers impacted in this area will be under a boil order until further notice.
If you have any questions pertaining to this water main break, please do not hesitate to contact the city office at 217-438-6151.
Inclement Weather Vehicle Parking Order in Effect
The City of Auburn Street Superintendent has issued an inclement weather parking order beginning at 6 pm, Friday, January 18th through 6 pm, Saturday, January 19th.
During the time of the order no vehicles, including but not limited to cars, trucks, boats, any and all trailers, or equipment may be parked on the city right-of-way.
The city right of way shall include both paved and unpaved areas of the right-of-way including the shoulder.
Additional messages will be posted to this Facebook page as well as through the city all call system.