Evanston police say they made two drunk driving arrests during an 18-day stepped-up enforcement campaign that ended with the Fourth of July holiday.

The grant-funded project targeted evening rush and night-time hours and let officers set up stationary enforcement zones in high traffic areas.

In addition to the arrests for driving under the influence, the campaign led to the issuance of tickets for 38 cell phone ordinance violations, 36 seat belt violations, and 42 other traffic offenses, as well as turning up eight drivers without proof of insurance and one operating on a suspended drivers license.

Editor’s note (3:21 p.m 7/7/11): The original version of this story reported, based on information provided by the police department, that there were 42 drunk driving arrests during the campaign. The department now says that information was incorrect and there were only two drunk driving arrests.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. police arrest data in need of help

    This report on police arrests for various offenses sounds like a press release from the police department. Is it possible to translate it for the public and fill it out with more information that will give the public a way to put the numbers in perspective?

    For example:

    It says the campaign was 18 days – but that alone isn't very meaningful without knowing what the "normal" number of citations for these offenses in an 18 day period would be. Did they do this in previous years and how do the numbers compare?

    42 drunk driving arrests sounds like a lot, but without knowing if this is out of say, 500 cars observed or 5000 it's hard to make much out of it.

    Yes, interested individuals can call the police department and try to find out more – but the purpose of public releases is to inform the public. As it stands, the numbers are floating in space.

    1. Arrest data help

      Hi Clif,

      Well, of course the story was based on a news release from the police department. Sending out such news releases seems to be part of the drill for the grant they get to fund the program.

      No, the release didn't offer any of the context you're looking for.

      I've forwarded your comment to the PD. Let's see if we get any more info in response.

      You can do some comparisons of crime data for various time periods using our crime list database compiled from the police department's daily crime bulletin.


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