Cops: Don’t phone or text while driving

More than 350 drivers received citations from Evanston police for “electronic communication device” violations last month. That means talking or texting on your cell phone while driving a motor vehicle.

The department released statistics over the weekend detailing results of its month-long crackdown that was part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

“Driver distraction is a persistent issue in Evanston, and it is a danger to the community,” said Traffic Sergeant Tracy Williams. “Issuing a citation is a proven way to get motorists to reduce distracted driving.” 

During the campaign, the department issued:

356 electronic communication device citations
21 seat belt citations
3 child car seat citations
5 suspended/revoked licenses
34 uninsured motorists
22 speeding citations

The Distracted Driving enforcement campaign is supported through federal funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.