WILBER, NE – The Saline County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the nationwide You Drink & Drive, You Lose Crackdown, which begins Friday and ends Jan. 1.
During this period, increased patrols will be made possible due to a grant through the Nebraska Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This grant allows deputies to work extra time in order to increase enforcement of traffic laws, and specifically, increase patrol for DUI enforcement.
The extra time worked by deputies will then be paid by the NDOT. Saline County Deputy Matt Jonas says the motivation behind this campaign is simple.
“I think that’s the point entirely is making the roads safe,” Jonas said. “It’s not about writing a ticket or anything like that. It’s about being visible in the public, and letting people know we’re out there. All of these families are on the road. A lot of people are traveling long hours. We want everyone to make good decisions and have a safe holiday.”
The Sheriff’s Office will be taking a Zero-Tolerance stance on all alcohol-related violations during this time period. At the conclusion of the campaign, it is hoped that the DUI rate will decrease and, in turn, decrease the number of injuries caused by accidents.
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