NSP releases OTD stats

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With assistance from local law enforcement, the Nebraska State Patrol Troop E-Scottsbluff made 68 contacts with motorists during a special enforcement held Saturday and Sunday in Scotts Bluff County.

The special enforcement which included high visibility patrols and DUI checkpoints coincided with the Oregon Trail Days (OTD) celebration in Gering and resulted in six Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) arrests along with two Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) and one Open container citations. Motorists were also cited for Driving under Suspension (4), and No Proof of Insurance (2). Five seat belt citations and warnings and one child restraint citation were also issued.

The SAFE Ride OTD program sponsored by the Gering Citizen and Dietrich Distributing provided 204 rides over the weekend. Nearly 30 volunteer drivers provided rides on Friday and Saturday night during the Oregon Trail Days celebration to locations in Gering, Scottsbluff, Mitchell, Morrill and Lyman.

Lt. Jamey Balthazor, Troop E-Scottsbluff thanked the community and highway safety partners for helping to make this a safe Oregon Trail Days celebration. Balthazor went on to say efforts such as the one this weekend help to keep roadways safe by encouraging voluntary compliance with all traffic safety laws.

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