The Evanston Police Department will use a combination of traditional and innovative strategies to crack down on motorists who text while driving from Friday through next Wednesday, April 15.

It’s part of the national U Drive, U Text.  U Pay high-visibility enforcement campaign that combines enforcement of anti-texting laws with advertising and media outreach to let people know about the enforcement and convince them to obey the law.  

“Texting and driving requires motorists to take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off the task of driving.  It creates the proverbial ‘perfect storm’ for a crash, and no one has the right to put another person’s life at risk like that,” said Evanston Police Traffic Bureau Sergeant Tracy Williams.  

Police officers from the traffic bureau will be focused on issuing citations to drivers not abiding by the Evanston ordinance for hands free device use while driving and the state law that went into effect last year banning the use of a hand-held electronic communication device while operating a motor vehicle..

More information about distracted driving is available online.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Just today, Friday, I was at

    Just today, Friday, I was at the intersection of Main and Chicago, and a city truck drove through the intersection with the driver clamping a cell phone to his left ear.  Are certain people exempt from regulations?

    1. More tales of distracted driving

      If you keep an eye out, it is not uncommon to see Evanston police talking on a personal mobile phone while driving a squad car.  Hard to imagine enforcing the distracted driving law would be on the mind of an officer violating the law him/herself.  And, by the way, the same applies to stopping pedestrians in marked crosswalks – I've had marked cars drive past me while I'm standing in the street in these crosswalks.  

  2. exemption

    Yes, government employees can use phones for official business while driving. I know that some "official" information is discussed by phone by the PD officers and not over the radio, but one wonders about all incidents….

    I believe public works use Nextel or the cell phone equivlent for their official communications in addition to some radio traffic.

  3. Pittsburgh’s effort to stop distracted walking

     Pittsburgh pedestrians are being urged to “Look Alive” and not at their cellphones by folks dressed as though they’re dead.

    The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and other groups are trying to “scare” pedestrians off their cellphones by having actors dressed as the Grim Reaper and zombies urging people to look up from their cellphones while they’re walking downtown.

    CBS Evening News 10/12/16

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