Nebraska patrol watching for crowds as coronavirus spreads

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska State Patrol troopers have ramped up their efforts to ensure that residents are following the state’s social distancing rules to fight the coronavirus.

The Nebraska State Patrol says they haven’t yet issued any citations. A Nebraska State Patrol spokesman says the agency hadn’t ticketed anyone as of Monday afternoon, although troopers are able to do so under new restrictions that were expanded statewide on Friday. Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas says a trooper kept watch over a recent “cruise night” in Crete, but didn’t see any violations of the 10 person crowd limit.

Thomas says the patrol has redirected some of its troopers from traffic enforcement  into enforcement of the state’s directed health measures. The Department of Transportation reported last week that traffic on the state’s major arteries, like Interstate 80, is down up to 29% in areas. Thomas also agreed that there are fewer motorists on the road.



The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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