Illinois Troopers crack down on distracted driving in big rigs

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ILLINOIS (CNN) — Chicago officers are cracking down on distracted driving, and that’s not just texting.

It can be things like searching for something in a bag, eating, drinking or not paying enough attention to the road while looking at the GPS.

Now, they’re using big rigs to help spot distracted drivers from a higher vantage point.

It’s called the “Trooper in a Truck” program — an initiative between the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Trucking Association.

“Well, it’s extremely effective when the motoring public believes that the police is not paying attention or aren’t present, you get to see a lot of the aggressive driving. You’ll see drivers passing on the shoulder, you’ll see the texting and cellphone use.”

So, how does the program work?

When the troopers driving the big rigs spot a distracted driver, they radio the offending vehicle information to waiting patrol cars ahead, then those officers pull the car over and issue a ticket.

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(This story was originally published on June 21, 2019)

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