State troopers report very few problems during the huge influx of traffic to Nebraska for the Great American Eclipse.
A report issued by the Nebraska State Patrol says troopers spread out across the state throughout the weekend into Monday for the total eclipse of the sun. The path of totality during the eclipse stretched from Alliance in the west to Beatrice in the east, bringing hundreds of thousands of visitors to Nebraska.
NSP reports troopers talked with many drivers, both from Nebraska and from out-of-state.
During special enforcement, troopers removed one impaired driver from the road for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and issued 89 citations. Troopers wrote 72 speeding tickets. Troopers assisted 41 motorists who needed help.
“This was an event like we’ve never seen before in Nebraska, with hundreds of thousands of people coming from all over the world,” Major Russ Stanczyk, Acting Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol, said in a written statement issued by NSP. “NSP worked together with other agencies to do our part to make for a successful day. We want to think the vast majority of drivers for being responsible on the road.”
A major push by the patrol was to keep drivers from parking on the shoulder of Interstate 80 during the time of the eclipse. NSP says they were largely successful. Troopers kept traffic moving during the eclipse Monday. Troopers also removed a group of people from an I-80 overpass.
The Highway Safety Office within the Nebraska Department of Transportation provided a $9,480 grant to finance the special eclipse enforcement.