Of the 114 traffic citations issued by Evanston police during the long July 4th weekend, no one was arrested for drunk driving, while 61 were ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt and 22 for driving while using a cell phone.

Local police participated in a statewide effort to get drunk drivers off the roadways and to encourage seat belt use, especially during late-night hours, when statistics show the highest number of motorists drink and drive and the fewest buckle up.

The holiday crackdown was funded by federal traffic safety funds through the Illinois Department of Transportation as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns.

In addition to the seatbelt and cell phone violations, there were eight citations for excessive speed, seven for no proof of insurance, three for no valid driver’s license, one for driving on a suspended license, and 11 for other minor traffic violations

In addition to the traffic citations, one motorist was arrested for having an outstanding arrest warrant.

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. Glad to see tickets issued

    Glad to see tickets issued for cell phone usage, especially for those driving down Ridge and trying to text at the same time!  How about some tickets for large contingents of bike riders who take over the road.  The other night a group was going down Asbury, all wearing the same biking outfit.  We were going north at the curve south of Dempster we almost hit a couple who had crossed over the double line onto our side.  

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