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Holiday crackdown on DUI, seat belt violators

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Once again, Evanston police are participating in the statewide campaign to crack down on drunk drivers and seat belt violators over a holiday period.

From Dec. 20 through Jan. 5, their mottoes will be “Drive sober or get pulled over” and “Click it or ticket.”

It may not be great poetry, but the enforcement authorities hope it will help drivers to think twice before they imbibe too heavily at holiday parties or forget to ensure that all passengers are belted down, including those riding in the back seat, as required by law.

“You’ll see us making lots of stops during this highly visible enforcement period, and if we suspect anyone is driving while intoxicated, officers will show zero tolerance for drunk driving,” said Traffic Sgt. Tracy Williams. 

Evanston Police Chief Richard Eddington noted that being arrested for driving drunk brings a wide range of negative consequences into one’s life, as drunk drivers face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job.  

He notes, also, that when family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.  

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 stations and business-oriented magazines.

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