Big Drop in DWI Arrests for Oregon Trail Days Celebrations
By Emily Roehler, Weekend Meteorologist - bio | email
Scottsbluff - The Nebraska
State Patrol noticed a reduced number of drunken driving arrests in the Oregon
Trail Days Celebration.
The NSP credits voluntary
compliance and an aggressive community sober driver campaign for the reduction.
The NSP and local law enforcement
arrested four people for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) during Oregon Trail
Days from July 12th to the 13th in Scotts Bluff County. The four DWI arrests
make for a 50-percent drop from last year's eight DWI arrests.
"The majority of people who
enjoyed this weekend's celebration did so responsibly and if they chose to
consume alcohol, utilized a designated driver," said Lieutenant Jamey
Balthazor, Troop E- Scottsbluff.
"Law enforcement appreciates
the support of the celebration organizers who made sober driving a top
priority, through a designated driver campaign," said Balthazor.
A nearly $7,000 grant from the
Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS), helped to pay for the special enforcement
Lt. Balthazor said, "The focus
on voluntary compliance and driver responsibility helped to make this year's
celebration as safe as possible."