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Heavy Police Presence During Holiday Weekend

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 255

This weekend marks the end of the summer with a number of parties and opportunities to have a good time.

However, Galesburg Police want to remind residents to be safe, don’t drink-and-drive, and buckle up. The GPD will be out on the streets starting today through Monday and they’ll be paying close attention during the late and overnight hours.

According to a press release from Galesburg Police, midnight to 3:00 a.m. is the deadliest time on the roads for drivers in Illinois.  That’s when drivers are more likely to drive impaired and the tend not to wear their seatbelts.

Galesburg Police Lieutenant Russ Idle says “we are stepping up our late-night enforcement efforts, making sure impaired drivers are off the roads and motorists are buckled up.”

Illinois State Police will also be out in full force this weekend looking for people who are speeding, driving impaired, driving distracted, or not wearing their seatbelts.

Galesburg Police remind residents to have a designated driver, call a taxi, or use mass transit.

If you see anyone driving under the influence, they recommend calling the police department.