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.