A three-month-long series of special enforcements by the Nebraska State Patrol and the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office led to a reduction in the number of alcohol-related fatalities in Scotts Bluff County during April, May and June.There were no alcohol related deaths in the county during those months.
In 2010, there were two. There were three alcohol related fatalities in 2011 and one in 2012, NSP spokeswoman Deb Collins said.
This year, NSP troopers and Scotts Bluff County deputies conducted night time vehicle checks and high visibility patrols in and around the county during the enforcement period, thanks in part to a $17,550 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety.
“Through this series of enforcement efforts, we were able to see positive results with zero alcohol related fatalities recorded,” said Captain Mike Gaudreault, Troop E Commander. “We encourage all motorists to help keep this positive trend going. Always wear your seat belt and never drive impaired or distracted.”
Collins said during the three months, law enforcement officers recorded:
12 - Driving while intoxicated arrests
3 - Speeding citations
19 - Possession (misdemeanor) citations
5 - Driving under Suspension
10 - Open container citations
41 - Seat belt citations & warnings
5 - Minor in possession citations
2 - Child restraint citations