Commuters can expect to see more state troopers on the roads this week. Nebraska State Patrol Spokesman Cody Thomas says the increased presence is part of a special Fourth of July enforcement project focusing on counties with high numbers of alcohol-related crashes.
“We want the troopers out there, on the road; so that the public knows that they’re there,” according to Thomas. He adds multiple law enforcement agencies around the state are involved in effort.
While the enforcement project is focused primarily on taking drunk drivers off the road, Thomas says that won’t be on the only potential danger this week. Because Independence Day falls on a Wednesday this year, Thomas says many people are taking long weekends and spending extended hours on the road. Thomas fears all those hours of travel will lead to fatigued drivers.
“A couple days ago was the one-year anniversary of that terrible motorcycle accident where a car crossed the center-line and hit two motorcyclists in Keith County,” says Thomas, “that turned out to be a drowsy driving case” he says. Four people died in that incident.
“Stay sober or have a designated driver” says Thomas. “Those are the two best ways that you can make sure your Fourth of July is remembered for a great celebration and not a tragedy.”