The Nebraska State Patrol will participate in a national campaign to take drunk drivers off the roads. The "You Drink & Drive, You Lose" campaign begins Friday, Aug. 17 and runs through Monday, Sept. 3.
During this time, troopers and communication specialists will put in overtime hours thanks in part to a $27,735 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety.
"Traffic volume and congestion is typically high as we wind down the summer travel season," said Colonel David Sankey, superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol.
"A lot of us plan that last trip over the Labor Day holiday," said Sankey. "If you're preparing to hit the road, we remind you to always wear your seat belt, obey the posted speed limit and never drive impaired or distracted."
The NSP encourages all travelers to plan ahead, allowing plenty of time to reach their destination.
Motorists can report impaired or reckless drivers by dialing the NSP Highway Helpline at *55 when safe to do so from any cellular phone, or 1-800-525-5555 from any landline.
Travelers wanting to check the latest road and weather condition report can utilize 511, the Nebraska Automated Traveler Information System. The 511 system can be accessed via the internet at www.511.nebraska.gov or by dialing 511 from any landline or cellular phone.
Colonel Sankey said, "We want everyone to enjoy the Labor Day weekend. Help us keep you safe by following the rules of the road."