The Evanston Police Department is cooperating with other departments in the state and nationwide to enhance the safety of driving during the Fourth of July holiday.

“This Fourth of July, designate a sober driver and don’t let friends or family members drive drunk,” recommended Traffic Unit Sergeant Tracy Williams.

The crackdown will run from today through July 8, supported financially by the U.S, government with funds sent to the State of Illinois for distribution.

In addition to selecting a designated driver when drinking is involved, Williams offered these other suggestions:

Give your designated driver your keys before you go out.

If you are drunk or impaired by marijuana or other drugs, call a taxi, take mass transit, use your favorite ride-sharing service, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.

Promptly report drunk drivers to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.

Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It is your best defense against an impaired driver.

“Our officers will be out in full force, showing zero tolerance for impaired drivers,” Willliams warned.

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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