NSP says alcohol special enforcement successful in Scotts Bluff Co.

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (by Release / KNEP) - The Nebraska State Patrol says a three-month special enforcement focusing on reducing alcohol-related crashes in Scotts Bluff County was a success.

The enforcement, which ran from April 1 through June 30, included sobriety checkpoints throughout the county with NSP teaming up with the Sheriff's Office. Scotts Bluff County has been identified as a priority county by the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office for the high rate of alcohol involvement in crashes.

The operation resulted in four arrests by NSP for driving under the influence, four arrests for driving under the influence of drugs, as well as two arrests by the Sheriff’s Office for driving under the influence of drugs and one arrest for driving under the influence.

The combined effort also resulted in 17 arrests for drug possession and citations issued for: driving under suspension (7), no proof of insurance (2), minor in possession (6), open container (10), improper child restraint (6). The team also performed three motorist assists.

“Our goal is to keep Nebraska roads safe and free from drunk driving,” said Captain Kurt Von Minden, Commander of Troop E. “This operation was successful thanks to the teamwork of our troopers and the deputies of the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office.”

The special enforcement was made possible thanks in part to a $12,000 Highway Safety grant.