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The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) will conduct special enforcement efforts as part of a nationwide campaign designed to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving.
Beginning Friday, Dec. 2 and continuing through Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, the NSP will participate in the “You Drink and Drive You Lose” campaign.
Troopers will conduct special enforcement efforts to include high visibility patrols, DWI checkpoints and other efforts focusing on time periods in which alcohol related activities are considered to be the highest.
“We are encouraging everyone to partner with us this holiday season to help save lives on our roadways,” said Colonel David Sankey, superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “You can help us by being a responsible motorist. Never drive impaired or distracted and always wear your seat belt.”
The “You Drink and Drive You Lose” campaign will encompass both the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Troopers and Communication Specialists will put in 437 overtime hours during the holidays. A $22,595 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS) will help fund the special enforcement.
Anyone witnessing an impaired or reckless driver can call the Nebraska State Patrol Highway Helpline, when safe to do so by dialing *55 from any cellular phone or 1-800-525-5555 from any landline. The Highway Helpline is also available for non-emergency roadside assistance request.
Motorists are also encouraged to utilize 511 the state’s automated traveler information system for the latest road condition reports. The information can be accessed by dialing 511 from any landline or cellular phone or via the internet at www.511.nebraska.gov