Evanston police say they plan to target drunk drivers and people who fail to buckle up during a late-night traffic enforcement program over the Labor Day holiday.


Evanston police say they plan to target drunk drivers and people who fail to buckle up during a late-night traffic enforcement program over the Labor Day holiday.

State and federal statistics show the period from midnight to 3 a.m. is the deadliest time on Illinois roads. It’s also the time with the highest percentage of drunk drivers and the lowest level of seat belt use.

Over the last four years, 67 percent of the motor vehicle fatalities in the early morning hours involved a drinking driver.

And only 27 percent of those who died in early-morning crashes were properly restrained.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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