Drunk Driving is NO Accident, Law Enforcement will be Cracking Down

Nebraska Law Enforcement will be Cracking Down this holiday season.

Holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Press Event

LINCOLN – Over 1,000 people are killed or injured every year in Nebraska

because of alcohol-related crashes. This is not an accident! The Nebraska Department of Transportation

(NDOT) Highway Safety Office, along with the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office, Nebraska State Patrol and

numerous law enforcement agencies across the state, are banding together for the “National Drive Sober or

Get Pulled Over Crackdown.” From December 18, 2020 through January 1, 2021, law enforcement across the

state will show zero tolerance for drunk/impaired driving.

The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office is hosting the statewide kick-off event press conference on Monday,

December 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM. The press event location is at the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office Community

Room, 8335 Platteview Road, in Papillion.

Representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) - Nebraska and a local victim of drunk driving

will be speaking about the lasting effects of impaired driving for victims. Additionally, officials from various law

enforcement agencies will speak about zero-tolerance enforcement during the crackdown. Bill Kovarik, NDOT

Highway Safety Administrator, will discuss the number of people impacted each year by impaired driving.

During December 2018 in the United States, 839 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk

driver. During the Christmas and New Year holiday periods in 2018 alone, there were more drunk-driving-

related fatalities (285) than during any other holiday period that year. These fatalities are preventable, and

drivers must remember that driving impaired by any substance - alcohol or other drugs - is selfish, illegal and

potentially deadly!

The press event is open for the media, but please RSVP. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a limited number of

people will be permitted into the Community Room. Additional information will be available at the event or by

email after the event.

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