Driving Safety Urged For New Years Eve


Law enforcement agencies across the country are urging New Year’s Eve revelers to make arrangements to get home tonight before they leave if they plan to drink.

Law enforcement will be out in larger than usual numbers tonight, in part because the latest edition of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over impaired driving enforcement crackdown runs through tomorrow.

Federal highway safety grants across the country help put more law enforcement officers on the road for the campaign with the Nebraska State Patrol and dozens of Nebraska police departments and Sheriff’s Offices, including the Chadron Police Dept, adding over 6,000 hours of additional traffic enforcement as a result.

Officer Sean Considine is coordinating the Chadron grant and says Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over can succeed only if the community is committed to it by not driving impaired and by reporting drivers they think may be impaired

State Patrol Superintendent Colonel John Bolduc agrees and says while troopers and other law enforcement officers “are working diligently to keep Nebraska roads safe throughout the holidays, motorists should do their part as well by driving sober and using seat belts.”

As of yesterday morning, Nebraska had recorded 249 traffic deaths, 19 more than last year at this time, with nearly one-third of the deaths the result due to drunk driving crashes.

Traffic fatalities in Nebraska are up 8% in rural areas and 10% in urban areas from the average of the previous 5 years