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Summer celebration means extra enforcement


The Nebraska State Patrol Troop E- Scottsbluff with assistance from local law enforcement will continue its efforts to “Drive to Save Lives” by holding special enforcement activities during an upcoming summer celebration.

High visibility patrols and DUI checkpoints will be carried out in conjunction with the Oregon Trail Days celebration in Gering. A similar special enforcement in 2013 resulted in 154 enforcement contacts to include four arrests for impaired driving.

“This celebration typically draws a large crowd,” said Captain Mike Gaudreault, Commander Troop E. “With our increased visibility we hope motorists are encouraged to comply with all traffic safety laws, increasing the odds for a safe and enjoyable weekend.”

The special enforcement paid for, thanks in part to a $5,630 grant, from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS) will be conducted July 12-13 in and around Scotts Bluff County.

Motorists are reminded to always wear their seat belt, obey the posted speed limit and never drive impaired or distracted. Troopers will be vigilant in identifying individuals under the age of 21, who may consume alcoholic beverages in violation of state statute.

Captain Gaudreault said, “We want everyone to enjoy themselves, and do so in a safe, responsible manner.”


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