Extra law enforcement during state basketball tourney

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LINCOLN, Neb. The NSAA Boys State Basketball Tournament brings extra enforcement starting Wednesday, March 7th.

"This is a big influence coming into Lincoln this weekend, so we put extra efforts on the road," said Captain Lance Rogers, Nebraska State Patrol.

During the NSAA Boys State Basketball Tournament, troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) will perform extra enforcement to help keep Nebraska's roadways safe for all drivers. The enforcement will run from March 7th to March 10th, thanks in part to a grant for $12,250 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation - Highway Safety Office (NDOT-HSO).

"We're excited to have basketball teams from across the state come to Lincoln to the state tournament, but that means increased traffic on Nebraska roads," said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol.

Motorists are reminded to obey the posted speed limit, always wear seat belts, allow plenty of time to reach your destination, and never drive impaired or distracted.

"We want this weekend to be remembered for the action on the court, rather than crashes on the roads," said Colonel Bolduc. "We encourage all drivers to voluntarily comply with traffic safety laws to do their part to keep the madness off the road."

"We see a huge uptick in giving citations over the state tournament weekend, it's a really busy time and a lot of people are on the roads," said Rogers.

Rogers said this grant will help put up to 10 troopers on the roadways in the Lincoln area. The reason for this in the past several years is to pay extra troopers overtime during busy times.

"This gives us a clear vision on the road, and gives us the efforts to make sure our roads are safe," said Rogers.

Again this is from March 7th to the 11th. The state tournament starts at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday March 8th.