As part of a Wheaton Police Department traffic safety campaign, officers will be increasing their enforcement efforts March 20-26, 2022, to reduce “distracted driving” violations on City of Wheaton roadways. According to statistics collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving continues to take U.S. roadways by storm, endangering not only the distracted drivers, but their passengers, pedestrians, and others on the road, including bicyclists.
Distracted driving is any time you divert your attention or focus from driving. This includes texting, talking, using your phone, adjusting the radio, setting your navigation, applying makeup, eating, or drinking.
The Wheaton Police Department urges drivers to put their phones away when behind the wheel. If you need to text, pull over and do not drive while doing so. If you are the driver, 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.
- Ask your passenger to be 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.
Cell phone use is habit-forming. If you struggle with not looking at your phone behind the wheel, try activating your phone’s “Do Not Disturb” or “Driving” features. Removing your phone from the driver’s area is also suggested until you reach your destination.
Utilizing these tips and making a dedicated effort to not let yourself become distracted when driving can keep you, your passengers, and the City of Wheaton roadways a safe place to travel.
The Wheaton Police Department continues to be committed to reducing this unnecessary risk and strongly believe that no conversation or text is worth the potential danger created by distracted driving.