The Evanston Police Department reported issuing nearly 70 citations for seat belt and cell phone violations during the recent enforcement crackdown, from May 11-25.

The statewide event, in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Transportation, is an annual effort to get more motorists to buckle up, in the front and back seats.

“Our officers are out all year long,” says Traffic Sgt. Tracy Williams, adding: “If you or your passengers, in the front seat or back seat, are caught not wearing a seat belt, day or night, you will be cited for the safety violation.”

During the mobilization, the Evanston Police Department issued:

47 Seat Belt Citations

2   Child Safety Seat Citations 

4   Suspended/Revoked Licenses

9   Uninsured Motorists

2   Speeding Citations

3   Open Alcohol in Vehicle

2   Cannabis Citations

22 Cell Phone Violations

The department reminds drivers that children are required to be in a car seat or booster seat until at least age 8 and all children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat.  

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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  1. driving violations
    Too bad the police dept. can’t “deputize” some of us older folks…I see about 20 people per day on cell phones, in Evanston……and parking illegally…..and not using turn signals…….

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