NSP's 2018 Holiday campaign- arrests and assists

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KNEP) Nebraska State Patrol employed the holiday campaign “You Drink You Drive You Lose” to keep drunk or drugged drivers off the road. The numbers are in for arrests and citations made during that period.

“The holidays should be filled with positive memories,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “Impaired driving not only puts yourself at risk of injury or death, but also poses a risk to everyone else on the road. Our troopers and dispatchers worked hard over the last several weeks to take impaired drivers off the road and ensure safe roads for all of Nebraska.”

Funding for the “You Drink You Drive You Lose” campaign comes from the Nebraska Department of Transportation- Highway Safety Office in the form of a $25,000 grant.

According to Colonel Bolduc, the campaign employed high visibility patrols all over Nebraska. Dispatch and troopers worked overtime hours from December 14th through January 1st.

Those patrols resulted in 61 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol, and three for driving under the influence of drugs. Troopers arrested 66 people for possession of drugs and six for reckless driving. In addition, NSP issued citations for speeding (1,055), driving under suspension (75), no seat belt (57), no proof of insurance (54), open container (35), improper child restraint (15), and minor in possession (13).

Motorists in need of help also benefited from the campaign, as troopers assisted 787 drivers in need of assistance during the final weeks of 2018. Many that were affected by the snowstorm that hit Eastern Nebraska forcing road closures and downed power lines.