LINCOLN – With the holiday season in full swing, state road officials are teaming up with state and local law enforcement to remind all drivers of the dangers of drinking and driving.
According to a release from the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office (NDOT-HSO), the organizations will be working together to stress the importance of planning a sober ride home before heading out to enjoy the holiday festivities. They are encouraging drivers to start the conversation, “Who’s driving home?”
Last year, 33% of Nebraska’s fatal crashes were alcohol-involved, an increase from the 30% recorded in 2017. During the 2018 December holiday, 54 Nebraska law enforcement agencies participated in the “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over” mobilization with 936 officers working nearly 17,000 hours of overtime. During that time, statewide check points were established to look for drunk drivers as 399 driving–while–intoxicated (DWI) arrests were made and over 12,000 contacts with the public were initiated.
Drinking and driving should never be combined as it’s essential to plan a sober ride before getting in a vehicle. Make sure to have the conversation, ‘Who’s driving home?’”.
The alternative could change your life, not to mention the lives of your passengers, of pedestrians, or of other drivers and passengers nearby. This holiday season,
NDOT–HSO and Nebraska’s law enforcement urge drivers to designate a sober driver. If you plan on drinking, take responsibility and make a plan to get home.