Evanston police Monday warned they will be especially on the lookout for impaired and unbuckled drivers over the next three weeks in one of their frequent campaigns to enhance safety on the city’s roadways.

The campaign will run from today through July 8 to encompass the July 4 holiday.

Evanston Police will join the Illinois State Police and more than 160 local police and sheriff’s departments for the increased statewide enforcement effort built around the slogans “drive sober or get pulled over” and “click it or ticket.”

“We’re asking all of our residents and visitors to celebrate Independence Day safely,” said Traffic Sgt. Tracy Williams. “It’s simple: If you’re driving, don’t drink or use drugs. Our officers will be out in full force to keep impaired drivers off the road.”

Williams offered these additional tips:

Give your designated driver your keys before you go out.

If you are drunk or impaired by marijuana or other drugs, call a taxi, take mass transit, use your favorite ride-sharing service, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.

Promptly report drunk drivers to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.

Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. Not only is it the law, it’s your best defense against an impaired driver.

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns are made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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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