SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois State Police will be conducting a Distracted Driving Enforcement Program patrols in Sangamon County in August. 

The program will allow ISP to focus on distracted driving laws to prevent traffic deaths in injury crashes.

Distractions that can increase a driver's risk of being in an accident include:

  • Eating or drinking (non-alcoholic beverages) increases the risk by three times
  • Sending a text message increases the risk by four times
  • Reaching for an object increases the risk by eight times
  • Reading a text message takes a driver's eyes off the road for an average of five seconds

Officers will be on the lookout for drivers who are texting while driving, using electronic handheld devices, drivers under the age of 18 using any cellphone, even hands-free while in school speed zones or work zones, school bus drivers using any cellphone, even hands-free

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