Who says the Evanston Police Department won’t ticket you for using your cell phone while driving? Certainly none of the 25 motorists who were stopped over the Labor Day Holiday will make that assertion.

Also, some 75 motorists apparently forgot that the law requires everyone in the vehicle to fasten their seat belts…not just those in the front seats.

The department participated in the statewide Labor Day Holiday traffic enforcement campaign that ran from August 16 through September 2.  Officers focused on impaired drivers and occupants of vehicles in violation of the seatbelt law requiring that all passengers along with the driver be buckled up for safety.

The following is a list of citations and or arrests made during the campaign:

75 Seatbelt Violations
  3 Child Restraint Violations
25 Using a Handheld Cell Phone While Driving
  4 Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle
  2 Speeding over the Posted Limit
  1 Operating on a Suspended Driver’s License
10 Other Vehicle Code Related Citations
  1 DUI Arrest/Driving While Impaired
  1 Outstanding Warrant Arrest
  1 Citation for City Ordinance Possession of Cannabis

This campaign was funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation under the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and the “Click It or Ticket” grant programs.

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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