Police Departments across the QCA are cracking down on drunk driving and other violations under a statewide campaign in Illinois called "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over"
Police say they understand the holidays are a time to unwind and have some fun. But that fun shouldn't make its way to the roadways.
Starting this weekend, police in Illinois are stepping up their patrols, specifically looking for seat belt and driving under the influence violations.
The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over initiative provides a $10,000 grant to police from the Illinois Department of Transportation to put extra patrols on the street.
Galesburg Police allowed us to ride along on one of those patrols Saturday night.
These aren't just be extra normal patrols for the police officers.
The grant pays for extra shifts, during which officers are specifically looking for drivers not using their seat belt or driving under the influence.
Leaders at the Galesburg Police Department say they have been doing programs like this for years and have started to see fewer people making poor decisions on the roadway.
But until that number gets even lower, officers say it is necessary to keep reminding people to be safe.
"We always want to reach zero. We never are. It's never going to happen but numbers are going down year to year. The education and advertisement will continue to have an effect and we'll just keep working on it," Lt. Russ Idle said.
Galesburg isn't the only place in the QCA that is going to see some extra patrol cars on the road.
East Moline applied and got the same grant.
Leaders there say there will be more cruisers out between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. through the end of the increased enforcement period.
The grant covers these extra police shifts through the Labor Day weekend.