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Police Issue 20 Cell Phone Citations, Arrest 2 For DUI During Thanksgiving Crackdown

Along with other local law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois, Evanston Police cracked down on motor vehicle violations from Nov. 12 to 25.

During a Thanksgiving crackdown on unsafe drivers, Evanston police charged two people with driving under the influence and cited 20 people for talking on a cell phone while driving, among other charges. 

From Nov. 12 through 25, police partnered with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for an enforcement initiative targeting impaired drivers or motorists without seatbelts, according to a press release from the Evanston Police Department. The initiative is part of IDOT's "Click It Or Ticket" and "Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over" campaigns.

During the two-week period, police also issued 18 citations to drivers who were not wearing seatbelts and one citation to a driver who did not have a child safety seat properly installed, according to the release. Police issued 16 citations for speeding, three citations for driving without a valid license and seven citations for driving without proper insurance.

jkerr November 26, 2012 at 08:44 PM
I can spot 20 people talking on a cell phone while driving by just standing in front of the Jewel parking lot for 15 minutes. This "Thanksgiving crackdown" is nothing to brag about. Why isn't this ordinance more strictly enforced?
Joey Fatone November 27, 2012 at 01:34 AM
I couldn't agree more with John....all one needs to do is sit at the intersection of chicago and dempster and a good amount if not the majority of people are on their cellphones!
lucas November 28, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Usually you can tell by how slow the person driving in front is going and the FACT that they are crossing the lane lines into the next lane
Procrustes' Foil November 28, 2012 at 11:04 AM
People are reaching the point where they need to be surgically separated from their cell phones. I saw a young mother talking on her cell phone while crossing the street with her baby in a stroller. I stopped her before she and her baby were hit by a car. All the while, drivers were talking on their cell phones, too!

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