Three agencies to patrol tomorrow in Galesburg

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

EAST MOLINE (11-16-09) Illinois State Police Captain Jeffrey Patterson, District 7 Commander announced Monday, Nov. 15, 2009, that there will be a Cooperative Agency Seatbelt Enforcement (CASE) detail held in Galesburg, tomorrow (Nov. 17) from 8 to 10:30 a.m. The Galesburg Police Department, Knox County Sheriff Department and Illinois State Police will be working together on this detail.

This year Illinois is on a record breaking pace of fatality numbers falling below 1000. This is a monumental achievement that hasn't been seen since 1922. There are several factors for this: safety features in the vehicles, education and aggressive enforcement of seat belt laws to raise the voluntary compliance. "You can drive the safest car the world has ever seen, but if the seatbelt isn't worn to keep you in the vehicle during a crash those added safety features do no good," says Captain Patterson.

Why Knox County?

So far this year there have been 14 fatal crashes in District 7 (Henry, Knox, Mercer and Rock Island Counties). Of those, five have occurred in Knox County with three motorist not wearing seatbelts. Our goal is 100 percent seatbelt compliance to prevent serious injuries and save lives. All agencies are coming together to accomplish this goal.

Tomorrow is an opportunity to cover this effort. The detail cars will be available for ride alongs starting at 9:30 a.m. until the conclusion of the detail at 10:30 a.m. At 10:45 a.m. there will be a media event at the Galesburg Public Safety Building (150 South Broad Street, Galesburg). The speakers for this event will be Galesburg Chief David Christensen, Knox County Sheriff David Clague and Illinois State Police Captain Jeffrey Patterson.