A fun weekend festival in Kearney turned out for many to be just that.
“The Nebraska State Patrol in conjunction with the Kearney Police Department and the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office held a special enforcement on Saturday, the 17th in conjunction with Kearney Cruise Night. Now Kearney Cruise Night is a three day even, two day event, for care enthusiasts in and around the Kearney area. Draws thousands of people. The highlight of that is the parade that takes place Saturday night and that is when this enforcement was centered around.
Deb Collins is the Public Information Coordinator for the Nebraska State Patrol and says they, along with several other agencies were busy keeping law and order, especially during the parade.
“The enforcement was a DUI checkpoint and high visibility in and around Kearney and Buffalo County during this ongoing event so I’m not aware of one specific event that may have led to these arrests.”
Collins says the three departments issued a number of citations and even some arrests.
“Troopers issued, first of all 78 minor in possession of alcohol citations to during this to juveniles who were consuming alcohol so 78 MIP’s. We had two drivers that were arrested for driving while intoxicated. The issued 13 open container citations and four citations for Possession of Marijuana, less than an ounce. They also had 7 speeding citations and warnings and issued seven citations for No Proof of Insurance.”
Last year, troopers issued 57 MIP citations and arrested five people on DUI charges. Collins is hoping that the large number of citations issued will send a message and that next year’s event will be relatively quiet.