Seat belt, speeding tickets lead way in safety push
Updated: February 11, 2013 6:09AM
Seat belt citations led the way in a year-end traffic safety push that ran from Dec. 17 through New Year’s Eve, statistics released by police show.
Evanston Police announced Jan. 2 the results of the recent push, called “Drive to Survive.” The enforcement campaign was designed to lower motor vehicle fatalities due to driving unbuckled or under the influence.
Evanston Police issued 48 seat belt citations, 15 speeding citations, nine no-insurance citations, 13 cell phone citations and 28 other vehicle code citations, police said.
Officers also made five arrests for suspended or no valid drivers license and one for driving while under the influence.
Evanston Police joined forces with other state agencies, local law enforcement and highway safety partners in conducting the crackdown. The effort featured high-visibility enforcement combined with a variety of outreach activities, including a strategic media campaign and additional enforcement activity, police said.
Extra emphasis was given to the late-night hours of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. when statistics show the highest number of motorists that drink and drive along with the fewest motorists buckling up for compliance with the law.
The crackdown was funded by federal traffic safety grants through the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Division of Traffic Safety and is part of the statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns. ~.