Nebraska – The holidays are a period in the year when gatherings with friends and family are a must and a period with a lot of food and drinks. Unfortunately, some people simply forget that the same driving rules apply even for the holidays when they decide to drink and drive.
According to the recently announced report by the Nebraska State Patrol, a total of 60 drivers were arrested during the holiday period in Nebraska for driving under influence as a part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
“Every DUI arrest has the potential of saving lives,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “Planning ahead to have a sober driver has the same potential.”
The campaign ran from December 17 until January 1 and state troopers were literally working round the clock in an effort to prevent crashes on Nebraska roads often leading to fatalities.
However, DUI incidents were not the sole purpose of the campaign. Troopers say that more than 700 citations were issued during this period, including 63 cases in which the driver was traveling at 100 miles per hour or more.
Troopers also issued citations for driving under suspension (75), minor in possession of alcohol (27), open alcohol container (35), no proof of insurance (36), no seat belt (17), and improper child restraint (8). Troopers also performed 628 motorist assists during the campaign.
“This was a busy holiday season on the roads, as many people were able to gather with families and friends across our state,” said Colonel Bolduc. “As we get going in 2022, we urge all motorists to be safe as they travel and always have a sober driver.”
The campaign was sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office. The $26,500 worth of grant was enough for the troopers to cover the holiday period with more than usual presence at Nebraska roads.