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Police target seat belt scofflaws

Evanston police launched a two-week campaign today to encourage drivers to use safety belts.

The department has received a state grant to run a series of traffic enforcement campaigns this year, so they’ll have extra officers on duty to issue tickets to drivers they spot not using seat belts, child safety seats and booster seats. They’ll also be looking for speeders and drunk drivers.

Commander Tom Guenther says the ticketing campaign offers the greatest potential for changing public attitudes about use of occupant restraint safety devices.

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