Nebraska State Patrol adds more troopers on the roads during 4th of July week
OMAHA,Neb(FOX42KPTM)-The Nebraska State Patrol plans to add more troopers on the roads this week. It's all part of its Independence Enforcement Campaign.
"It's definitely easy to recognize someone's driving habits when they've been drinking that much alcohol," Lt. Matt Sutter said.
Too much alcohol is a big part of what makes Fourth of July the deadliest day on American roads.
According to numbers from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, at least 118 people die in a crash every year on that one day. Half of them had too much alcohol in their system.
"If you're in a situation where you're going to be consuming alcoholic beverages always have a sober driver ."
Troopers say they've already seen too many crash-related deaths on Nebraska roads this year.
"That's 102 people that won't be able to celebrate the Fourth of July with their families this year so that being said it's up to us to ensure everybody's' safety on the roadways."
Sutter says the main goal is to prevent all crashes.
"Whether you're on two wheels or four wheels, if you're driving inappropriately, we're going to address," Sutter said.
The number of extra officers varies across the state. However, there will be an additional five to six troopers on each shift all three days in Omaha.
The department received a $12,000 grant from NDOT-HSO to help pay for extra officers.