Evanston police, participating in a statewide “Click It or Ticket” mobilization, issued more than 100 citations for seat belt or cell phone violations from Nov. 14-27, according to a department release.

The mobilization was aimed at reducing highway fatalities by cracking down on unbuckled motorists and impaired drivers.

Evanston officers issued 58 seatbelt citations, 44 distracted driving/cellular phone citations, 13 speeding citations, and even six child car seat citations.

“Our officers are out year-round,” said Sgt. Tracy Williams, supervisor of the department’s traffic unit. “If you or your passengers are caught not wearing a seat belt, day or night, you will be cited for the violation.”

Among other citations issued were for driving while license suspended, no valid drivers license, driving under the influence, no proof of insurance, and possession of open alcohol or cannabis.

Charles Bartling

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. Fine, but…

    What about running Stop signs, no turn signals [law is 140 feet before a turn].

    If under cover cars were posted more, I think you would see far more citations for these.

    I do see people on their phone everyday but it is difficult to see seat belts.

    I know cars do a lot more damage than bikes, but enforcement of No Bikes on Sidewalks downtown occurs everyday, I see two to three in a half hour around noon on Clark—and going very fast—three years since I've seen a police stop. When called on it they say "I don't care", "my parents [NU] will pay fines", "they won't catch me", "police/court won't do anything" [given recent dropping of charges of hate crime at Millar, they appear right].

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