State Troopers turn to a big rig to spot distracted driving

Illinois State Police District 7, which includes Knox County, spent part of the day Friday in the Quad Cities area spotting distracted driving using a donated semi truck, so they could better see distracted driving as it’s happening.  District 7’s Safety Education Officer, Trooper Jason Wilson, talks about the effort with Galesburg’s Evening News.

Following the recording of our conversation, District 7 released statistics on Friday’s enforcement detail. Using a semi, troopers issued:

  • 6 Texting While Driving citations
  • 2 Hand Held Cell Phone citations
  • 5 motor carrier inspections
  • 3 Scott’s Law (move over law) citations
  • 2 “other” citations
  • 2 “other” written warnings

(Source: Illinois State Police District 7)