FREMONT – This holiday season the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office will increase their patrols as part of a nationwide campaign.
The “You Drink, You Drive, You Lose” campaign is an enforcement period targeting alcohol-impaired drivers an in effort to save lives by preventing alcohol-related accidents. Dodge County Sheriff Steven Hespen says their deputies will put in overtime hours during the period thanks to a grant from Nebraska Office of Highway Safety.
The campaign will go from December 15th through January 1st, 2018. Sheriff Hespen says there are a few locations drivers can expect to see more patrols than usual.
“The bypass around Fremont. It’s a location where we see increased speeds,” said Sheriff Hespen. “And also Highway 30, it’s traditionally somewhat accident-prone. There’s been a lot of serious accidents on Highway 30. So we’ll be focus on that area between Fremont and the county line to the west.”
Alcohol is a significant contributing factor to fatal crashes. According to the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety, statistics indicate that in 2016 25% of Nebraska traffic fatalities were alcohol-related and 23% of drivers in fatal crashes tested positive for drugs.
Also during the holiday season Sheriff Hespen says there is an increase in the amount of traffic on the roads. And while there has been very little snow or ice in the county so far, he says that could always change.
“We’ve been fortunate this December and we haven’t had any significant weather yet. But between now and Christmas we could encounter our first snow or ice,” said Sheriff Hespen. “So we want to keep drivers away that they need to slow down and increase their following distance. Give yourself plenty of time to stops if the road conditions worsen. Also be prepared. Carry kits in your car and blankets to assist you if you get stranded in inclement weather.”
Sheriff Hespen adds they are also encouraging drivers to wear their seat belts and don’t drive distracted. Put the cellphone away while you drive, but make sure it’s charged in case an accident happens and you find yourself stranded.