Evanston police have dramatically stepped up enforcement for traffic violations along Ridge Avenue in the wake of the City Council's decision to lower the speed limit there from 30 to 25 miles per hour last month.
Sgt. Tracy Williams of the Police Department's Traffic Enforcement Bureau says that 465 tickets have been issued on Ridge Avenue since Feb. 1.
That's far more than the total of 284 citations that were issued citywide during the same period last year. And it represents nearly 85 percent of the total of 550 citations issued citywide during the Feb. 1 through March. 9 period this year.
Williams says not all those tickets were for speeding -- they encompass all types of traffic violations. But he says officers definitely have increased speed enforcement.