LINCOLN, Neb. (KTIV) — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol were busy throughout Thanksgiving weekend.
Troopers worked overtime, responding to multiple winter storms across the state and assisting more than 400 motorists in need of help from Wednesday through Sunday.
“Two major snow events that covered much of Nebraska made Thanksgiving travel difficult,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “We’d like to thank the vast majority of drivers who heeded the advice of NSP and NDOT. Adjusting travel plans to avoid the worst conditions undoubtedly prevented dangerous situations.”
The weekend marked the annual Thanksgiving “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which included enforcement operations from more than 30 law enforcement agencies across Nebraska.
During the campaign, troopers arrested 17 people for driving under the influence of alcohol. Troopers also issued 278 citations for speeding, 28 for driving under suspension, eight for open container, five for minor in possession, 12 for no proof of insurance, seven for no seatbelt and four for improper restraint.
On top of all that, Troopers performed to 407 motorist assists, responded to 48 crashes and assisted other law enforcement agencies with 78 events from Wednesday through Sunday.
“As we move through the winter months, drivers should always check 511 before traveling,” said Bolduc. “Our partners at the Department of Transportation deserve tremendous credit for their work this weekend to get Nebraska moving again during back-to-back winter storms.”
The NSP says motorists should keep a winter weather survival kit in their vehicle whenever they travel.
Basic items to include are a First Aid Kit, phone charger, ice scraper, shovel, small bag of sand, flashlight with extra batteries, blankets or sleeping bags, extra clothing and winter accessories, jumper cables, tow rope, tool kit, matches, candles, red flag or bandana, high energy or dehydrated foods, and bottled water.