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Nebraska state troopers ask for safety as more drivers hit the roads

They say traffic is increasing as COVID-19 restrictions loosen
Troopers are noticing traffic is nearly back to normal now that the state has moved into a new phase of COVID-19 restrictions.
Troopers are noticing traffic is nearly back to normal now that the state has moved into a new phase of COVID-19 restrictions.(MGN)
Published: Jun. 26, 2020 at 11:05 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - As COVID-19 restrictions loosen up, travelers are hitting the road in greater numbers.

The Nebraska State Patrol said troopers are noticing traffic volume increase, and Nebraska Department of Transportation statistics show traffic is within ten percent of 2016-2018 average.

With this, comes more risk for danger on the roads.

“There are things we can all do to make sure we have a safe summer here in Nebraska: watch your speed, avoid distractions, never drive impaired, use caution in construction zones, follow traffic safely laws, and always buckle up,” Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol said.

This traffic increase has helped address the issue of excessive speeding troopers dealt with during the pandemic.

In the past month, troopers ticketed 83 people for driving at 100 miles per hour or more. In the month prior to that, they ticketed 129 people for driving 100 miles per hour or more.

Even with this decrease, June 2020 still had more tickets for driving more than 100 miles per hour than in any month in 2019.

Troopers said they will continue to patrol Nebraska roads throughout the summer months to enforce traffic laws and assist motorists in need of help. Call *55 or 800-525-5555 to reach the NSP Highway Helpline.

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