While many Nebraskans are taking a long holiday break the Nebraska State Patrol is putting in extra hours in an effort to keep the roads safe. Spokesperson Cody Thomas says extra traffic on the roads calls for extra enforcement.
Thomas says, “We are expecting there will be a record number of travelers both on Nebraska roads and throughout the country starting this last weekend and then all through the 4th of July holiday and probably even traveling a little bit on Wednesday too so that is why we put in place this extra enforcement that will start today and run through Wednesday.”
The special enforcement will include vehicle checks and high visibility patrols across the state with an emphasis on decreasing impaired driving. Those behind the wheel are also asked to do their part and buckle up, drive the speed limit, use extra care in work zones and avoid distractions.
A $15,860 grant from the Nebraska Department of Roads Highway Safety Office will cover the overtime costs.