In the latest “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on Evanston drivers, there were only two DUI arrests, but many more for seat belt violations, distracted driving, and speeding, according to data submitted by local police.

During the initiative that ran from August 20 through Labor Day, the Evanston Police Traffic Unit handled 36 seat belt violations, 27 distracted driver citations, and 21 speeding citations.

The remaining 15 violations included only two for driving under the influence, which includes drunk driving..

“This traffic initiative might be over, but EPD’s Traffic Unit makes roadway safety a priority every day”, said Traffic Unit Sgt. Tracy Williams.

The Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” traffic initiative was funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation with federal dollars managed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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