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McHenry police issue 544 citations during Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Campaign ran through April

McHenry police issued more than 500 citations during the Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign.

The McHenry Police Department joined law enforcement agencies across the state and county for the program, which was put on in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation and paid for in part by federal highway safety funds.

“Driver distraction is a persistent issue in the city of McHenry and often has life-altering consequences,” Deputy Police Chief Thomas Walsh said in a statement. “We implemented this enforcement action to encourage motorists to drop it and drive.”

The event ran through April, and McHenry police officers issued 296 electronic communication device citations, 43 seat belt citations, 49 uninsured motorist citations and 156 speeding citations.

Police urged motorists to turn off electronics and put them out of reach before starting to drive, talk to teenagers about driving responsibly, wear a seat belt and speak up if a driver is using his or her phone.

“Distracted Driving Awareness Month may be over, but the McHenry Police Department will continue working to stop residents from engaging in this dangerous behavior,” Walsh said.

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