"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign to kick off in Hall County

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Labor Day is quickly approaching, which means the Hall County Sheriff's Department is getting ready to start an annual campaign.

The Hall County Sheriff's Department is getting ready to kick off their annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. (Kelsey Dickeson, KSNB)

"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" is a national campaign aimed at taking impaired drivers off the road.

Three Hall County deputies will work 86 hours of overtime for two weeks during the campaign. The extra hours are being funded by a $3,800 grant from the Nebraska Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office.

Capt. Greg Ahlers, Hall County Sheriff's Department, said they often see people driving on county roads will impaired.

"The guys know the back roads that people would typically try to take to stay off the paved roads so that they're not as obvious," Ahlers said. "We know the county pretty well, and we know how people get around. So we use all that knowledge to our advantage."

During the campaign last year, officers made about 245 DUI arrests across the state.

According to the NDOT, of the 1,600 alcohol-related crashes in Nebraska last year, 55 of them were fatal.

Close to 35 percent of fatal crashes last year involved alcohol. That's up about 30 percent from 2017.

With two fatal accidents in Hall County recently, Ahlers said he hopes the campaign will help prevent more from happening.

"We don't like to see that. It hurts us as much as anybody when we go out and work those. So that's what it's all about actually. To cut down on your injury accidents and your fatal accidents," Ahlers said.

The campaign starts August 16 and runs through September 2. At that time, deputies will pay extra attention to speeding, swerving vehicles and distracted driving.

Law enforcement's best advice for everyone is to not drink and drive.