Motorola Mobility Teams Up with Illinois Law Enforcement

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

June 20, 2011 – It’s not often that motorists receive recognition for doing something right. Starting this week, in support of National Safe Driving Month, Motorola Mobility, Inc. will reward drivers who commit to responsible driving behavior through its Responsibility on the Road program. Working with Illinois State Police, Motorola will give Bluetooth® devices to select motorists who follow their state and local hands-free laws. Motorola Mobility will also provide online resources to educate drivers on new and existing hands-free legislation.

Motorists across the country are invited to visit Facebook.com/Motorola during the month of June to pledge to be “Responsible on the Road” by using hands-free technology if they need to communicate while driving. In return, Motorola will give motorists 50-percent off select Motorola hands-free devices. Motorola Mobility, the leader for Bluetooth headsets, offers headsets and in-car speakerphones to help drivers stay connected with state laws. Hands-free devices like the Motorola Roadster™, a voice-enabled, in-car speakerphone, featuring the MotoSpeak™ app with text-to-speech and speech-to-text capability, make it easy to make or receive a call and hear or respond to a text message while keeping your hands on the wheel.

To underscore the importance of responsible driving and reinforce local or state laws that restrict or ban the use of hand-held devices while driving, Motorola Responsibility on the Road giveaways will take place in the following areas: Chicagoland, Champaign, Collinsville, Peoria, Rock Island and Springfield. The events will educate drivers on hands-free laws and reward those who pledge to drive responsibly with a hands-free device.

“Motorola has a commitment to providing consumers with responsible alternatives for communicating on the road,” said David Murray, vice president, companion products, Motorola Mobility. “Our goal is to encourage responsible driving by helping motorists keep their hands on the wheel with hands-free calling and texting solutions.”

Drivers can also find information on hands-free laws at Motorola.com/motospeak  and those with phones powered by Android™ can access Motorola’s Smart Handsfree app, which uses location technology to discern a user’s state and display an overview of cell phone and texting laws.

"The Illinois State Police (ISP) welcomes the opportunity to work with Motorola Mobility in its Responsibility on the Road program to promote responsible driving. This initiative engages the motoring public in a positive way by allowing the ISP to educate drivers about hands-free laws in the state of Illinois," said ISP Director Hiram Grau. "Drivers need to know they will receive a ticket if found violating the law."

Motorola products include the following responsible driving disclaimer: The use of wireless devices and their accessories while driving may cause distraction. Discontinue use of the device if you can’t concentrate on driving. Additionally, the use of wireless devices and their accessories may be prohibited or restricted in certain areas. Always obey the laws and regulations on the use of these products.

For more information on Motorola Roadster or other Motorola devices that can help motorists drive responsibly, please visit www.motorola.com/mobility.