The Evanston Police Department is planning additional traffic enforcement over the Thanksgiving holiday in an effort to reduce motor vehicle accidents.

Emphasis will be on seat belt and impaired driving laws, according to Cmdr. Jay Parrott, particularly late at night when belt use is at its lowest and impaired driving is at its peak.

Parrott reminds drivers that, since Jan. 1, 2012, all passengers are required to buckle up no matter where they sit in the vehicle.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that seat belts saved nearly 12,000 lives nationwide in 2011.

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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