The Evanston Police Department issued 120 citations over the weekend for traffic violations and nearly half them were for improper seat belt usage.

The department participated in a statewide traffic enforcement initiative under the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns.

While unlikely to win awards in a poetry rhyming contest, the extra enforcement was deemed a success by the department in that there were no weekend accidents in Evanston that resulted in serious injuries or deaths.

The breakdown of citations included 56 for no seat belt, 13 for speeding, 11 for cell phone usage, nine for no insurance, four for driving under the influence, three for suspended drivers license, one for reckless driving, and 23 for other vehicle code violations.

Extra emphasis was given to late-night hours, the department reported, as statistics show the highest number of motorists drink and drive and fewer motorists buckle up during this time of day.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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