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The Evanston Police Department’s Traffic Unit issued 195 citations this past weekend, with most of the offenses involving failure to wear a seat belt, speeding, and using a cell phone while driving.

It was the St. Patrick’s Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative, in cooperation with the State of Illinois, utilizing federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The crackdown was primarily aimed at drivers who may have had too much to drink at a Saturday night St. Patrick’s Day party, police said.

Here is a summary of Friday and Saturday’s results as provided to the news media by Evanston police:

Failure to wear a seat belt: 79

Speeding: 41

Cell phone ordinance citations: 36

Citations for no proof of insurance: 8

Failure to properly secure a child: 6

Driving with no driver’s license or a suspended license: 5

Illegal transportation of open alcohol: 1

Drug arrest for 33 grams of cannabis: 1

Other miscellaneous citations: 18

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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