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20 ticketed for cell phone use

Evanston police during a special traffic enforcement effort earlier this month ticketed 20 people for violating the city's ban on holding your phone while driving.

Cell phone ordinance violations were the second most frequent citation issued — trailing only the 39 citations for seat belt violations.

Evanston police during a special traffic enforcement effort earlier this month ticketed 20 people for violating the city's ban on holding your phone while driving.

Cell phone ordinance violations were the second most frequent citation issued — trailing only the 39 citations for seat belt violations.

The city ordinance bars drivers from using cell phones while driving unless they're equipped with a hands-free device.

The grant-funded holiday traffic enforcement effort was centered around the St. Patrick's Day holiday and ran from March 11 to 20. It targeted evening rush and night-time hours.

Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther says officers set up stationary enforcement zones in high traffic areas to look for violators.

They also found seven drivers without valid insurance, one driving on a suspended license, issued 20 other citations for various traffic offenses and made four arrests for driving under the influence.

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