MADD Nebraska Responds to Vavricek's Plea for Reckless Driving


The Mothers Against Drunk Driving Nebraska organization says Grand Island Mayor Jay Vavricek should have been held more accountable for his actions when he made the decision to get behind the wheel after drinking.

Vavricek made a plea deal Wednesday morning after being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving earlier this month. He pleaded no contest to reckless driving and was ordered to pay a $500 fine.

Vavricek was stopped between St. Libory and St. Paul on the evening of March 2, following a citizen call to 911, according to the Nebraska State Patrol. The prosecutor said his blood alcohol content was 0.093. Nebraska's legal limit is 0.08.

MADD said, "The decision of the city prosecutor to drop the charges from driving under the influence to reckless driving sets a precedent that those who drink and drive will not see the consequences of their actions."

The organization went on to say that they believe in this case, and many other pled down cases, the message that drunk driving is a serious crime is lost.