Locally, officers from Grand Island, Kearney and Hastings police departments, as well as county sheriff's departments and the Nebraska State Patrol, will be conducting sobriety check points and other enforcement efforts targeting drunk drivers.
The enforcement effort starts Friday, Aug. 15 and will continue through Sept. 1. Over the past three years, Nebraska has averaged 10 traffic fatalities during this time period. Of those, an average four were alcohol or drug related.
The State Patrol along with 28 sheriff’s offices and 24 police departments have been awarded special overtime enforcement grants from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety to participate in the national campaign.