The latest edition of the nationwide anti-drunk driving Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign starts today and runs for the next 3 weeks through Labor Day.
Thousands of law enforcement agencies throughout the United States participate in the annual effort to safely close the summer driving season through increased patrols and visibility.
The Nebraska Dept of Transportation Highway Safety Office has again awarded grants to 45 law enforcement agencies across the state to cover the overtime costs to put more officers on the road during Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
The list includes 3 in the Panhandle – the Scottsbluff and Gering police departments and the Scotts Bluff Sheriff’s Office – as well as the Nebraska State Patrol, whose 100 Days of Summer initiative also ends Labor Day.
Supt Colonel John Bolduc says troopers have arrested more than 230 motorists for driving under the influence since 100 Days of Summer began Memorial Day weekend.
The Highway Safety Office says over a third of Nebraska’s fatal traffic accidents last year involved alcohol with 76 people losing their lives in those crashes.