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Chadron PD Puts “Drive Sober” Grant To Good Use

CHADRON – The Chadron Police Department says it made 124 traffic contacts resulting in 145 violations during the 19-day national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” anti-drunk driving campaign, which ended on New Year’s Day..

Chadron police received a $2,300 state highway safety grant to cover the overtime costs of 9 officers and 5 dispatchers.

Officer Sean Considine, the local coordinator for the grant, says that although Drive Sober and the state grant are aimed at reducing drunk driving, nearly every contact Chadron officers made during the campaign was with a sober driver.

Among the exceptions were 3 arrests for driving under the influence and 1 for Zero Tolerance driving under the influence. All but one of those arrests occurred between 9 pm and 3 am on New Years Eve.

Officer Considine says the most common reason for the traffic contacts was vehicle equipment violations, followed closely by stop sign violations> The majority of all stops resulted in warnings and not citations.

Among the citations or arrests that were made were 6 for driving under suspension or revocation, 6 narcotic violations, 5 for MIP, and 3 each for speeding and open containers. There were also 5 felony arrests and 2 warrant arrests