The Evanston Police Department announced that it has been selected by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to conduct a series of traffic enforcement campaigns for fiscal year 2010. The purpose of these enforcements is to reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes, and resulting injuries and fatalities, by implementing highly visible enforcement mobilizations, said Commander Tom Guenther, Public Information Officer of the Evanston Police Department, in a prepared statement. The campaigns will emphasize the use of occupant restraint (safety belts, child safety seats, and booster seats), speed laws and impaired driving, he said.

The first enforcement campaign will run from Nov. 13 through Nov. 29, 2009. Non-compliant drivers will be issued citations as visible enforcement programs offer the greatest potential for changing public attitudes regarding seat belt usage and child safety seats, said Cmdr. Guenther.

Since the enactment of the primary enforcement law in 2004, the Illinois Department of Transportation reports that 90% of drivers are now wearing their seat belts.