As schools start and the summer driving season comes to an end, the Nebraska State Patrol continues be on the lookout for drunk drivers. They are joining with other law enforcement agencies from all over the country in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign that is sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Captain Kevin Ryan says this also serves as the bookend for their initiative, 100 Days of Summer.
Law enforcement will be working overtime from Friday, August 17th through Monday, September 3rd looking for impaired drivers and removing them from our roads.
Captain Ryan says, “Last year, all together, we had 66 fatalities in the state that were alcohol related. This year, to date, we are at 21. That represents about a 15 percent decrease thus far this year.” He credits the reduction to all law enforcement patrolling the roads, assistance from the public reporting drunk drivers immediately and drivers making sound decisions regarding their own behavior when it comes to drinking and driving.
However, some drivers still get behind the wheel intoxicated. Captain Ryan says, “Since we kicked off 100 Days of Summer, troopers have taken 300 impaired drivers off the highways since Memorial Day. That shows great dedication and commitment to keeping the motoring public safe.”
A $26,795 grant from the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office is funding the extra enforcement.