Illinois Troopers in trucks target distracted driving

Illinois State Police patrolled a stretch of I-55 in a semi Wednesday as part of a new effort called Trooper in a Truck.

Troopers in the truck watched for drivers using mobile phones, then alerted troopers in patrol cars who cited the problem drivers.

“We need to see actual interaction with the phone,” said Master Sergeant Todd Armstrong. “We need to see them looking down and touching it.”

So far, troopers say they have carried out such patrols on I-57, I-55 and I-70. State Police said they cited 13 drivers for distracted driving during their patrols Wednesday,