Evanston police say they issued more than 80 citations during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend traffic enforcement campaign.

Twenty people were ticketed for cell-phone law violations, 18 for seat-belt violations, 16 for speeding, seven for not having proof of insurance and three for not having a valid drivers license and one for not having a child safety seat. Twenty other citations were issued for various other violations.

In addition, two peole were arrested for driving under the influence and two for possession of marijuana.

The seasonal holiday traffic enforcement campaign is part of grant-funded statewide effort to reduce roadway fatalities by cracking down on unbuckled motorists and impaired drivers.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. False citations

    I am one of those people and let me tell you, these statistics are pointless.

    I was given a citation for "not wearing a seatbelt" the other night while I had my seatbelt on. When the officer came to my window, he aggressively accused me of only putting it on after I was pulled over. Now I have to go to court for this absurd behavior from the police department.

    They will ticket you no matter if you are following the law or not.

  2. Do the police break down the reasons for stops?

    Your story reads "Twenty people were stopped for … seven for not having proof of insurance and three for not having a valid drivers license…

    It seems hard for the police to stop you for not having proof of insurance or a license because the police generally don't know a driver lacks a license or insurance until after the driver is stopped. Are these roadblocks that the police are setting up or are they pulling people over when they see moving violations?

    1. Reasons

      Some people may have been issued multiple citations.

      I've changed "stopped" in the second graf of the story to "ticketed" — because, yes, some of the violations may only have been discovered after the driver was stopped.

      — Bill

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