Nebraska law enforcement agencies were recognized this week for their efforts to remove drunk drivers from our roadways. During the 11th annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving Outstanding Law Enforcement Awards and Recognition Monday, MADD Executive Director Simara Reynolds says the good news is that more drunk drivers were arrested in 2009 than in years prior.
“Across the state in Nebraska, there were more than 13,000 arrests made by all the law enforcement officers across the state. The Omaha Department recognized, they had more than 1,164 individuals arrested and Troop A of the Nebraska State Patrol had 465 DWI arrests which is an increase from the year before.”
Reynolds says law enforcement are also committed in making sure that with the upcoming summer months ahead, they will be on the lookout for impaired drivers.
“There is just a testament of the work being done by our law enforcement officers to make sure we can get to where we want to go and especially with Memorial Day weekend, we want everyone to get to where they are going to safely and I want to encourage everyone here from MADD here to insure they buckle up and be safe.”
Reynolds says if alcohol is included in an event or activity, plan ahead.
“If you are going to drink and drive, you are going to get caught. That is the good message, if you are going to do it, you are going to get caught. We want people to know make a plan, make a choice. Designate a driver ahead of time. Where your seatbelts and remember drunk driving is a public health hazard so don’t partake and make sure you have a plan.”