The Evanston Police Department will participate in the national “Click it or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign this month –- with a new emphasis on nighttime enforcement.

The Evanston Police Department will participate in the national “Click it or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign this month –- with a new emphasis on nighttime enforcement.

Police Commander Tom Guenther says more drivers at night than during the day think “it will never happen to me,” but the risk of a fatal crash actually goes up significantly at night.

So, from May 15 through May 31 police planned stepped-up law enforcement activities to encourage seat belt use.

Guenther says wearing your seat belt costs you nothing, but not wearing it can cost you a ticket.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. What about cell phone use while driving?
    It should be apparent that posting a police officer at any traffic light or stop sign in Evanston would capture much revenue in cell-phone-use-while driving violations. And I mean drivers with cell phones held in one hand while steering with a free hand …. or not steering, and not paying attention to pedestrians crossing in front of them.

  2. Re: Click-it or ticket program
    Last I heard, cell phone use while driving was a ticket in Chicago, but not in Evanston. Has anyone heard otherwise?

    And isn’t a seat belt a secondary offense? (don’t they have to pull you over for something else in order to ticket for no seat belt?)

    While seat belts are important for drivers, and I agree that they should be used, I feel that unsafe driving during Rush Hour should also be enforced. (mornings between 6-9am and 5-7pm at night)

    The corner of Dempster and Hinman has a stop sign next to a school where small children wander and many folks cross, and people blow that stop sign every day. I’ve personally almost been hit on at least three occasions.

    Speeding on Hinman, even with speed bumps, is a real problem during rush hour. (Chicago southbound is often too slow, so they jet down Hinman instead, with potentially dangerous results.)

    Chicago avenue is the same, especially near Jewel, where the “crosswalk” with no light or pedestrian sign is located. It seems very few drivers realize that pedestrians have the first right-of-way in Illinois. (Drivers must halt for a pedestrian regardless of that pedestrian’s location. Crosswalk or not.)

    Ridge is another problem area. I’ve seen kids almost get hit walking home from school other occasions.

    So, while I applaud the seat belt enforcement, tickets for speeding, reckless driving, failing to stop, and endangering a pedestrian would be an excellent addition to the list – as well as help make it safer for everyone at the same time.

    1. Like I said three years ago – Ridge is dangerous.

      A man and his 5 year old son pinned under a mini-van on Ridge.

      It's a very sad day when my previous prediction becomes reality.

      On Evanston Now:


      On Chicago Tribune:,0,4912365.story


      I hope they live,

      – Calin

  3. I agree with Calin Day that
    I agree with Calin Day that dealing with reckless driving would be great. In Evanston, it is rare to see a car yield to pedestrians on a crosswalk. As I walk to work, I sometimes even hear the car engines rev up as they approach a pedestrian crossing, accelerating instead of slowing down.

    While talking on a cell phone is not worth a ticket in Evanston, I hope that changes. It is scary to be stopped at a traffic light and, in the rear view mirror, see someone at full speed, talking on the phone heading towards you. Some years ago, I was actually bumped, crossing a street, by a woman stopped at the red light, but who let go of the break while distracted on a phone conversation.

    And my final drivers pet peeve: Drivers in Chicago rarely use turn signals. Are those lights in cars Christmas lights?

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