Big Drop in DWI Arrests for Oregon Trail Days Celebrations


Scottsbluff - The NebraskaState Patrol noticed a reduced number of drunken driving arrests in the OregonTrail Days Celebration.

The NSP credits voluntarycompliance and an aggressive community sober driver campaign for the reduction.

The NSP and local law enforcementarrested four people for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) during Oregon TrailDays from July 12th to the 13th in Scotts Bluff County. The four DWI arrestsmake for a 50-percent drop from last year's eight DWI arrests.

"The majority of people whoenjoyed this weekend's celebration did so responsibly and if they chose toconsume alcohol, utilized a designated driver," said Lieutenant JameyBalthazor, Troop E- Scottsbluff.

"Law enforcement appreciatesthe support of the celebration organizers who made sober driving a toppriority, through a designated driver campaign," said Balthazor.

A nearly $7,000 grant from theNebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS), helped to pay for the special enforcementeffort.

Lt. Balthazor said, "The focuson voluntary compliance and driver responsibility helped to make this year'scelebration as safe as possible."