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Spotting a distracted driver in Illinois

Law enforcement across the state of Illinois and the rest of the country is working tirelessly to curb distracted driving. This has become a major problem that has led to tragic accidents. More and more victims of distracted driving crashes are speaking out against it in an effort to put an end to this senseless issue. Here's how you can spot a distracted driver in DuPage County.

A distracted driver likely swerves often. Swerving is a common sign of distracted driving because the driver is not paying attention to how he or she is operating the vehicle. The vehicle might swerve from the shoulder lane to the line that divides the lanes of travel.

Vehicles stopped at an intersection typically take anywhere from two to three seconds to begin driving once the traffic light changes from red to green. Any driver sitting at the intersection for longer than two to three seconds might very well be distracted.

Drivers who constantly tap their brakes are probably distracted. They tap the brakes often because they are either following too close to the vehicle in front of them or they are worried they will get in an accident.

Another sign of a distracted driver is when you see someone operating a vehicle while wearing headphones. The driver will not be able to hear the sirens of emergency vehicles or the horns of other cars.

Distracted driving continues to be a serious problem in Illinois. As more and more people use their mobile phones while driving the accident numbers continue to climb. Avoid distracted drivers by being on the lookout for the signs mentioned in this post.

Source: National Safety Council, "Distracted Driving," accessed June 15, 2018

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