Evanston police say they ticketed 28 people for violating the city’s ban on hand-held cell phone use while driving during a two-week traffic enforcement campaign that ended Sunday.

The cell phone violations came in second in the campaign after the 37 tickets issued for seat belt violations.

The holiday campaign, funded through a state grant, was designed to reduce accidents through the use of stationary enforcement zones in high traffic areas in evening rush and nighttime hours.

The campaign also led to two arrests for driving under the influence, 17 for no proof of insurance 6 for driving on a suspended license, and 45 other traffic offenses.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Drivers with cell phones

    Uhmmmm…. In the fall I counted close to 50+ drivers using cell phones during 15 minutes between 8:00 AM and 8:15 AM on the corner of Oakton and Ridge!!!!!!!! The cops must not be trying very hard….

  2. Glad to hear

    I was relieved when this ban first went into effect and expected a change. However, I often drive from Sheridan Rd. to Rt. 41 via Dempster and almost everyone around me is talking on their phones! Shortly after the ban I actually saw a police car pass another car–on the driver’s side–and the woman never stopped her phone conversation nor did the policeman give her a second glance. I was beginning to think the cell phone ban was just talk so I’m happy to hear that someone is out there enforcing rules. Thanks to the officers who issued these recent tickets. 

    1. Probably an Evanston alderwoman

      That woman talking on her cell phone while driving was probably an Evanston alderwoman or city employee.

      You see, city employees and elected officials are exempt from the cell phone ban.

      Should we thank the Evanston City Council for exempting themselves from the cell phone ban?

  3. cell phone law

    Am I the only one that thinks the cell phone ban is silly.  I can talk on my phone and drive, thank you.  There are any number of more dangerous things that people engage in while driving (applying makeup, painting nails, reading the paper, passing things to kids in back seats, etc.) and they are not specifically banned. 

    Personally, I think the fine for an accident while doing these things should be doubled or even tripled talking on the phone should not be banned.

    Am I the only one?

  4. Weak Enforcement

     It’s sad that there seems to be very little enforcement of many Evanston ordinances regulating things like cell phones, safety belts, sidewalk bike riding, snow removal, speeding, parking violations, panhandling etc.  Just another lost opportunity for revenue or behavior modification waiting for a "state grant" or "campaign" before initiating enforcement .

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