More than 350 drivers received citations from Evanston police for “electronic communication device” violations last month. That means talking or texting on your cell phone while driving a motor vehicle.

The department released statistics over the weekend detailing results of its month-long crackdown that was part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

“Driver distraction is a persistent issue in Evanston, and it is a danger to the community,” said Traffic Sergeant Tracy Williams. “Issuing a citation is a proven way to get motorists to reduce distracted driving.” 

During the campaign, the department issued:

356 electronic communication device citations
21 seat belt citations
3 child car seat citations
5 suspended/revoked licenses
34 uninsured motorists
22 speeding citations

The Distracted Driving enforcement campaign is supported through federal funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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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