The Nebraska State Patrol and the Nebraska Trucking Association launched a new collaborative safety project. Lt. Kurt Von Minden says troopers will be riding in semis looking for traffic violations and unsafe drivers. He says truckers are in a very unique position to see behaviors we can’t see in patrol cars. In a truck they can see down into cars and into other trucks and see behaviors they wouldn’t normally see. The State Patrol reached out to the Nebraska Trucking Association and they launched the “Trooper in a Truck” program.
Lt. Von Minden says, “We run it just like we would run an enforcement effort with an aircraft. There is going to be a trooper or a sergeant in a truck with a radio. He is going to be observing traffic in and around that truck. There will be other officers stationed nearby and if he sees something that qualifies as dangerous behavior or a violation, he is going to call it out to other troopers in marked units and they will then stop the person and issue the appropriate enforcement memorandum.”
They launched the first project in Omaha several weeks ago. Lt. Von Minden says they did write a few violations but the project gave them ideas going forward. He says they hope to get another “Trooper in a Truck” event scheduled soon and it will likely be along I-80 between Lincoln and Omaha.