Evanston police say they issued 84 citations to motorists for failure to wear a seat belt during their Fourth of July enforcement campaign.

The effort also resulted in two arrests for driving under the influence and one person was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Other citations included:

  • 25 for using a cell phone while driving,
  • 24 for no auto insurance,
  • 5 for driving with without a  valid license or on a suspended license,
  • 44 for other vehicle code violations.

Evanston Police joined forces with over 200 other state and local law enforcement agencies in conducting the crackdown campaign featuring high-visibility enforcement combined with a variety of outreach activities including a media campaign and additional police activity.

Extra emphasis was given to the late-night hours when statistics show the highest number of motorists drink and drive and the fewest buckle up.

The recent law enforcement crackdown was funded by federal traffic safety funds through IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety and is part of the statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket campaigns.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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