FREMONT – The Nebraska State Patrol released the results of their participation in a national campaign.
The “You Drink, You Drive, You Lose” campaign ran from August 18th to September 4th. The Nebraska State Patrol, 24 sheriff’s offices and 19 police departments received grant money from the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office to use for the special enforcement operations. Nebraska State Patrol’s Public Relations Director, Cody Thomas says the patrol takes part in the campaign every year to not only take impaired drivers off the road, but to raise awareness.
“It’s essential that we keep drunk drivers off the road, but the law enforcement side of this is only part of it. This is a national effort that we’ve been doing for years and years and years to try and raise awareness,” said Thomas. “And the biggest message we can give is to prevent people from getting behind the wheel if they’ve had drinks. So we’re encouraging people to always designate a driver, drive sober, never drive impaired or distracted.”
Thomas adds there is an increase of drivers on the road in the summer, but being vigilant for impaired drivers is important 365 days of the year.
“We call it our 100 Days of Summer. It starts Memorial Day and ends Labor Day weekend. There are more people on the road, and we know there are more people going to celebrations, whether those are community events or they’re just going to the lake,” said Thomas. “There is a greater possibility it seems of there being drunk drivers on the road, but it’s certainly not limited to the summer months, and not limited to holiday weekends. It’s something that we need to be vigilant for year-round.”
Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol removed 43 impaired drivers from the road during the campaign. In addition to those arrests, they issued 2,303 citations for speeding, 67 citations for Open Container, 31 Minor in Possession, 95 Driving Under Suspension, 79 for No Proof of Insurance, ten Reckless Driving citations, 179 for No Seat Belt, and 25 for Improper Child Safety Restraint. Troopers also apprehended 38 fugitives and made 13 felony arrests.