Law enforcement encouraging personal responsibility this New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve revelers need to remember that law enforcement officers will be out in force tonight as the latest version of the national You Drink and Drive You Lose anti-drunk driving campaign runs into tomorrow.

Captain Mike Gaudreault...commander of the Patrol's Panhandle Troop E...says safety is always of utmost concern, but even more this year because there had been 205 traffic deaths in the state as of last Thursday...an increase of 25 or 14% from the same date last year.

Gaudreault is hoping the public's knowledge that more officers are out tonight will force them to make responsible decisions on their own.those would include traveling with a designated driver if you are drinking, staying at your destination if you are drinking, or not drinking at all.

The Nebraska Office of Highway Safety has awarded 54 law enforcement agencies in Nebraska over $261,000 in grants to cover the overtime costs of putting more officers on the streets.

In the Panhandle, 5 police departments are participating...Chadron, Gering, Kimball, Mitchell, and Scottsbluff...along with the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's Office and the State Patrol.

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