NSP cracking down on impaired drivers

(Scottsbluff, Neb.)- Keeping impaired drivers off Nebraska roadways is the goal behind a series of special enforcement efforts planned by the Nebraska State Patrol Troop E Headquarters in Scottsbluff.

Beginning in April and continuing through June, troopers in conjunction with the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's Office will conduct nighttime vehicle checks and high visibility patrols in and around Scotts Bluff County.

Captain Mike Gaudreault, Troop E Commander says grant funding from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety will allow them to put extra troopers on the road during evening hours when the potential for impaired driving is more prevalent.

In the past year, Scotts Bluff County has had eight fatality crashes, four of which involved either alcohol or drug impaired drivers.

Captain Gaudreault said the Nebraska State Patrol is committed to making the roads in Scotts Bluff County as safe as possible for the motoring public. Gaudreault says removing impaired drivers is a key part of keeping panhandle roads safe.

Motorists are reminded to always wear their seat belt, if you drink, please don't drive and plan for a designated driver.

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