Evanston police say a just-ended two week campaign to increase traffic enforcement activities showed a lot of Evanston residents still don’t buckle their seat belts.

During the campaign from Nov. 12 through 28, the police say their traffic stops led to issuance of 67 tickets for seat belt violations, 23 for violating the ban on using cell phones while driving, 11 for no proof of insurance, 6 for driving on a suspended license, 3 for alcohol-related violations and a total of 59 other traffic offenses.

The campaign, funded through a state grant, set up stationary enforcement zones in high traffic areas during evening rush and night-time hours.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Only 23 with cell phones?

    Huge numbers of people are using cell phones while driving.  Better enforcement is needed.  Those without seat belts only endanger themselves;  those with cell phones endanger others.

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