The Evanston Police Department’s Thanksgiving “Click It or Ticket” campaign yielded more than 100 citations for seat belt and cell phone violations, police reported Monday.

Funded by federal traffic safety funds through the Illinois Department of Transportation, the enforcement mobilization was part of a nationwide campaign to reduce fatalities on the nation’s highways.

The EPD conducted enforcement from Nov. 16–29, reminding motorists to buckle up and not drive impaired during the Click It or Ticket mobilization.  

Local officers chalked up the following results:

57 Seat belt citations
 1  DUI arrest
 3  Suspended/revoked licenses
10 Uninsured motorists
18 Speeding citations
34 Distracted Driving/Cell Phone citations
 1  Possession of Cannabis Arrest
26 Other traffic related citations


Although the annual Click It or Ticket mobilization may be over in Evanston, police warn that is no excuse to stop using your seat belt. 

 “Our officers are out all year long.  If you or your passengers are caught not wearing a seat belt, day or night, you will be cited for the safety violation,” says Sgt. Tracy Williams, Traffic Bureau Supervisor. 

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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