As usual, Evanston police tallied large numbers of arrests for failure to wear safety belts and driving while distracted by their cell phones in their periodical campaign to promote safety on the roadways.

During the last two weeks of the year, the department recorded 58 citations for failure to wear safety belts and 33 distracted driving violations.

In addition, there were nine speeding citations, four no-proof-of-insurance citations, two driving-while license-suspended arrests, and 11 other miscellaneous citations.

The annual yearend “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is designed to catch drunk drivers, but it typically finds more violations for seat belt and cell phone usage.

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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  1. I hope they caught other violations
    Dec. 31 5 PM I saw three cars [not apparently chasing each other] speed [I’d guess 40MPH] and not even slow down for stop sign at Lincoln and Sherman, in one minute ! I’d assume not the only place in Evanston.
    Apparently a lot of early drinking. I hope the police got some of these idiots and the others in Evanston.

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