Quiet New Year’s Eve For Chadron PD

CHADRON – The Chadron Police Department had a relatively quiet New Year’s Eve. Lt Rick Hickstein says officers had to respond to just a couple of fights and 3 drunk drivers between 6 pm and 6 am.


New Year’s Day marked the end of the latest edition of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over anti-drunk driving campaign.

The Chadron Police Dept was among dozens of local law enforcement agencies around the state that received grants from the state transportation department’s Highway Safety Office to cover the overtime costs of putting more officers on the road during the campaign.

Lt Hickstein was pleased to have it, saying it allowed him to put 4 additional officers on patrol for 4 hours each focused on drunk or drugged drivers.

The Nebraska State Patrol also received a grant and used it to remove 75 impaired drivers from the road during the holiday season. Patrol Superintendent Colonel John Bolduc was pleased, saying “every arrest for impaired driving is potentially a life-saving act.”

In addition to the 75 arrests for drunk or drugged driving, troopers issued 1,012 citations for speeding, 79 for driving under suspension, 47 for no proof of insurance, 41 for open alcohol containers, 24 for MIP, 29 for no seat belt, and 7 for improper child restraint.

Troopers also assisted 1,046 motorists in need of help on Nebraska roads, more than normal because the holiday season had multiple snow events that affected travel at one time or another in all parts of Nebraska, including some that hit much of the state at the same time.

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