Special Enforcement Operations Surrounding St. Patrick’s Day Leads To Fewer Arrests With COVID-19 Guidance

LINCOLN – With many restaurants and bars abiding by the COVID-19 federal guidelines during a recent drinking holiday, troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol only removed four impaired drivers.

According to a release from NSP, the four arrests represent the fewest during a St. Patrick’s Day enforcement effort in at least 15 years.

State officials hope that nobody drives impaired, but the reduction in DUI arrests points to how well the public has responded to health guidance related to COVID-19. Troopers with NSP would like to thank restaurants and bars across Nebraska for doing their part during this difficult time.

Throughout the last decade, NSP has averaged roughly 16 DUI arrests on St. Patrick’s Day. Tuesday’s enforcement effort was made possible thanks in part to a grant for $7,552 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office.

During this time of uncertainty, Nebraskans can be assured that troopers are still working statewide to provide excellent law enforcement service. While troopers stand ready to help, they strongly encourage Nebraskans to follow guidelines issued by health experts to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Nebraskans seeking information on COVID-19 can visit the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 information page.