LINCOLN – With school back in session and summer travel starting to wind down, the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Nebraska State Patrol campaign will be concluding this holiday weekend.
According to a release from NSP, dozens of troopers and officers from other law enforcement agencies throughout Nebraska have been participating in the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The campaign is part of a nationwide effort to remove impaired drivers from the road that lasts from August 21 through Labor Day weekend.
Over the last few months, troopers have seen many people return to the road for summer trips. Traffic volume has increased since the early months of the pandemic, but so have issues on the roadways, including traffic fatalities. With the close of the summer driving season, NSP officials want to work together with commuters in keeping Nebraska roads safe.
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is an operation where troopers work overtime to enforce Nebraska’s traffic laws and monitor for impaired driving.
The effort also marks the conclusion of NSP’s “100 Days of Summer” initiative, which runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend every year. Since Memorial Day weekend, troopers have arrested nearly 250 motorists for driving under the influence.
Traffic patterns have changed in recent months, but troopers have remained diligent in their work to maintain safety on Nebraska’s roadways. The public is encouraged to do their part as well and always have a sober driver.
The two-week campaign is made possible thanks in part to a grant for $20,000 from Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office. In 2019, approximately 25% of fatal crashes on Nebraska roads involved alcohol.