Drivers – be on your best behavior this 4th of July holiday weekend. The Nebraska State Patrol will be conducting a special enforcement, “Drive to Save Lives” starting July 3rd and running through the 5th.
Lt. Kevin Bridges with Troop A in Omaha says an $18,960 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety is allowing troopers to put in the overtime for the special enforcement.
Troopers will be on the lookout violations that include speeding, following too closely, impaired and distracted drivers. Lt. Bridges says they also focus enforcement on the Nebraska State Parks and Recreation areas due to an anticipated large holiday crowd. Troopers will also conduct check points on Nebraska roadways where they will check to make sure license plates are current and vehicles are in compliance with state laws. On less traveled roads troopers conducting checks may have the vehicle pull over and do a complete inspection to make sure all lights, signals and safety features are working correctly.
Part of the special enforcement includes motorist assist. Lt. Bridges says volunteers in two specially marked vans will be traveling I-80 between Omaha and Kearney looking for stranded motorists and offer assistance. They will also help remove debris from the roadway.
The Nebraska State Patrol encourages all drivers to help them save lives by complying with all highway safety laws.