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Did You Know?

While the Chicago region’s population grew by 18 percent since 1980, the traffic increased by 66 percent in the same period.

Are you texting while driving?

Today, the Chicago Sun Times reported in this story that one-half of all 18-34 year olds admit to text messaging while driving. Recent research at Virginia Tech University showed that text messaging while driving can increase the risk of a crash 23 times.

Last spring, Active Trans championed a bill to ban Illinois drivers from text messaging while driving. Last summer, the Chicago Transit Authority adopted a zero-tolerance policy for its employees caught text messaging. Meanwhile, the Drive With Care campaign is helping teenagers motivate their peers to adopt safer driving practices.

Do your part by signing the Drive With Care pledge.