NEBRASKA - A heads up for drivers across the state. Law enforcement agencies from across Nebraska will be cracking down on drunk drivers as part of a nationwide effort.
From now until September 3, Nebraska State Patrol and 43 local sheriff's offices and police departments will put in some extra hours to look for drunk drivers as part of the You Drink, You Drive, You Lose campaign.
The more than 6,000 hours of additional enforcement hours is thanks to $235,000 of federal safety grant funding from the Nebrasks Department of Transportation- Highway Safety Office.
“The summer driving season is coming to an end, but it’s always important to remind motorists of the
dangers of impaired driving,” said Major Russ Stanczyk, Acting Superintendent for the Nebraska State
Patrol. “This nationwide effort, supported by NSP and dozens of other agencies across the state sends a
critical message against drunk driving.”
Last year in Nebraska, 81 people died and 1,208 were injured in alcohol-related crashes.
A total of 24 sheriff’s offices and 19 police departments are using their $208,000 of grant funding to
conduct impaired driving special enforcement operations during this two-week period, including Labor
The efforts will include, but are not limited to, sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols.
“Removing drunk drivers from the road prevents injuries and save lives of others, including the drunk
drivers themselves,” said Fred Zwonechek, Nebraska Highway Safety Administrator.
If you spot a suspected drunk driver, you are encouraged to report the vehicle by calling *55 or 911 when you're able to.
NSP’s portion of the grant is for $26,850 and will fund overtime hours as part of
this enforcement in all six NSP Troop Areas across the state.