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Castro helps kick off distracted driving awareness campaign

Castro 041819ELGIN – State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) participated in a press conference on Tuesday to bring awareness to distracted driving and to kick off a campaign that will help educate drivers on the different distractions on the road.

“Many people think texting one quick message while driving is harmless,” Castro said. “We have to get the message across that this can be life-changing.”

The Kane County High Visibility Enforcement (HiVE) campaign will kick off on April 26 and aims to encourage drivers to drive safely by elevating the police presence throughout the week. Data will be captured and studied to determine the effectiveness of the program and to help reduce deaths and injuries on the road.

“I knew I had to do something about this issue,” Castro said. “One day on my way down to Springfield, there was a young lady who was behind me putting makeup on in the car on a two-lane road. She lost control of her car and I watched her go into a ditch."

Last year, Castro passed Senate Resolution 322 to establish an Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week and passed House Bill 4846, which made stronger penalties for texting and driving.

“There are countless distractions while on the road,” Castro said. “It’s important that we do our best to educate and bring attention to this issue because the consequences can be deadly.”

Sen. Cristina Castro

Senator Cristina Castro

22nd Senate District

Years served: 2017 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations I; Commerce and Economic Development; Committee of the Whole; Energy and Public Utilities; Labor; Revenue (Vice-Chairperson); Transportation; Veterans Affairs (Chairperson).

Associated Representative(s):
Anna Moeller
Fred Crespo