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Quincy Police urging safety for July 4th

The Quincy Police Department is reminding people to plan ahead for July 4th celebrations and officers will be be out looking for drunk drivers.

"If you are attending a party, a celebration for fourth of July and there is going to be alcohol, make sure you do arrange a designated driver plan for that ahead of time don’t wait til your at the party," Officer Kelly VanderMaiden said.

Front Street will be shut down starting at 4:00 p.m. for activities at Clat Adams Bicentennial Park and open back up 30 minutes after fireworks. Police are expecting a lot of people walking around the downtown area and are asking drivers to watch their speed.

Fireworks are illegal in Illinois and can carry a fine up to $2,500 hundred dollars and jail time. Officer VanderMaiden said many people buy fireworks in Missouri but still need to be aware of the laws in Illinois.

In Missouri and Iowa, state law allows fireworks to be sold and used, however counties and cities are allowed to have their own ordinances banning fireworks and when they can be used.
 

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