Posted 5 months ago
By John Axtell
The Nebraska State Patrol credits voluntary compliance and an aggressive community “sober driver” campaign with reducing the number of drunken driving arrests during the recent Oregon Trail Days Celebration in Gering.
Lieutenant Jamey Balthazor of Troop E- Scottsbluff says there were only 4 drunk driving arrests during special enforcement activities Friday and Saturday, half the number as last year.
“The majority of people who enjoyed this weekend’s celebration did so responsibly and if they chose to consume alcohol, utilized a designated driver.
Law enforcement appreciates the support of the celebration organizers, who made sober driving a top priority, through a designated driver campaign. The focus on voluntary compliance and driver responsibility helped to make this year’s celebration as safe as possible.”
Scotts Bluff County, because of a high number of alcohol-related accidents, qualified for a special grant of nearly $7,000 from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety to help to pay for the overtime hours caused by the special enforcement effort.
In addition to the 4 drunk driving arrests, the Patrol made 7 drug arrests and 3 for driving under suspension. Troopers also issued 11 citations or warnings for seat belt or child safety violations, 2 for no proof of insurance, and 1 for speeding.
The Nebraska State Patrol offers a Highway Helpline for anyone who observes a reckless or impaired driver, or anyone in need of non-emergency roadside assistance. The Highway Helpline can be accessed by dialing (star) *55 on any cellular phone or 1-800-525-5555 from any landline.