'We want you to think before you drink and drive': NSP issue 35 DUIs during holiday campaign
NORFOLK, Neb. -- A nationwide law enforcement campaign wrapped up to ring in the new year.
The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign aims to keep impaired drivers off the road, along with other traffic violations.
The campaign began on Dec. 15 and ended on Jan. 1 in order for all motorists to have a safe holiday season.
The Nebraska State Patrol was one of many law enforcement agencies throughout the state to participate.
"We want you to think before you drink and drive. It is easy to get caught up in the holiday season, celebrating Christmas and New Years, and being with family and friends," said NSP Sgt. Scott Rutten. "We don't want that to turn into a tragic situation. We want people to think drive sober or get pulled over."
Troopers from NSP Troop B located in Norfolk issued six DUIs during the campaign.
Statewide, the NSP issued 35 DUIs along with 15 tickets for open container violations and 11 tickets for minor in possession.
Rutten said the campaign isn't just about catching impaired drivers but making the roads safe for everyone.
"We're not trying to prevent people from having a good time, we just want society to be safe for everyone involved," he said. "Whether it may be the person drinking or driving, we want them to get home safe. It's somebody else who is out on the road, who hasn't been drinking or driving, who is sharing the highway with an impaired driver. We just want to make sure everyone gets to their destination safely."
North Fork Area Transit announced they are ceasing operations Friday, Jan. 6.
With the uncertainty of the transit system’s future, Rutten shared some tips that continue to avoid drunk driving.
"Have a friend, maybe a designated driver that night," he said. "You're with a group of friends, one person is not going to drink and they can be responsible for getting everyone home. Whether it's calling an Uber or a family member."
Penalties for impaired driving include jail time, fines, and other costs.