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Big Drop in DWI Arrests for Oregon Trail Days Celebrations

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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 effort.

Lt. Balthazor said, "The focus on voluntary compliance and driver responsibility helped to make this year's celebration as safe as possible."

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