B-N Police Issue 650+ Citations In Distracted Driving Crackdown

May 4, 2018
Originally published on May 4, 2018 2:40 pm

Did you get a ticket in the last couple weeks for using your cell phone while driving? Join the club.

Bloomington and Normal Police issued more than 650 citations between April 16-30 during a distracted driving campaign supported by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

In Bloomington, 228 of the 430 citations were for using an electronic communication device while driving. Normal Police issued 196 electronic communication device citations.

“Driving requires your full attention. Failure to do so can have deadly consequences,” BPD said in a statement. “BPD will continue working to stop residents from engaging in this deadly behavior." 

Normal Police also found 17 uninsured motorists and made two drug arrests.

“Driver distraction is a persistent issue in Normal and often has life-altering consequences,” said Normal Assistant Police Chief Steve Petrilli. “We implemented this enforcement action to encourage motorists to drop it and drive.”

The increased enforcement was part of the national Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

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