NSP believes special enforcement bringing positive results

The Nebraska State Patrol says a three month long series of special enforcements involving the Patrol and the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's Office led to a reduction in the number of alcohol related fatalities in Scotts Bluff County during the months of April, May and June.

Over the last three years, there have been a total of six alcohol related fatalities in the spring months. Lt. Jamie Balthazor, who helped organize the selective enforcement during the three months, believes the enforcement activities were a major reason the county had no alcohol related fatalities in the 90 day period. Balthazor says research backs up the theory that if the driver believes there is a good chance of apprehension there is less chance of that person drinking and driving.

Lt. Balthazor says the spring months tend be a time when people are becoming more active with the better weather, graduation and wedding celebrations, and statistics indicate the chances for serious or fatal accident rises during that period.

During the special enforcements by NSP troopers and Scotts Bluff County deputies twelve people were arrested for driving while intoxicated. The special enforcement was funded by a $17,550 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).

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