Police increase enforcement Saturday night

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

LAWRENCEVILLE — If you’re driving on Interstate 85, Ga. Highway 316, Ronald Reagan Parkway or Peachtree Industrial Boulevard on Saturday night, you’ll probably notice more traffic enforcement.

The Gwinnett County Police Department’s Special Operations Section will be conducting high visibility traffic enforcement from 9:30 p.m. Saturday to 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

The police officers will be looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence. The event is also designed to educate drivers about the “Move Over Law,” which says drivers must move over for emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the highway.

The event is being conducted in memory of Officer James Christopher Magill, who was killed on duty on May 23, 1993, during a traffic stop on I-85. Magill was waiting in his patrol car from the arrival of a tow truck to impound a vehicle that was operated by a drunken driver. While waiting, another drunken driver drove into the back of his patrol car, and Magill was killed.

Magill was a 10-year member of the Gwinnett County Police Department who served on the DUI Task Force. He was survived by his parents, daughter and son.

J.C. Magill Elementary and the Jimmy Carter Boulevard Bridge have been named after Magill.