This week is Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week across the state. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that injuries from distracted driving crashes were up nine percent from 2014 to 2015.
Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettlekamp says putting the campaign together was a team effort at the state level.
According to the NHTSA, almost 3,500 people were killed and an estimated 391,000 people were injured in crashes involving distracted driving in 2015. Kettlekamp says distracted driving cannot be overlooked anymore, and his office will not be giving any more breaks.
About 14 percent of all reported motor vehicle crashes in 2015 involved distracted driving.