PEKIN — The Pekin Police Department will conduct special enforcement details to crack down on cellphone use and other distracted driving offenses during Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness week, beginning Monday.
The event, to run through Friday, is the first of its kind. Gov. Rauner and the General Assembly acted on the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP) request to call on police departments statewide to help curb the rising number of accidents resulting from texting and other distracted driving activities.
“There will be zero tolerance for all distracted driving during the week of this campaign,” Pekin Police Chief John Dossey said in a news release.
The ILACP reported that 10 percent of fatal crashes and 14 percent of all crashes reported to police nationwide in 2015 involved distracted driving.