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      NSP Steps Up Enforcement as Basketball Draws in Fans

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      Lincoln - Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol plan to step up enforcement as basketball tournaments in the area draw in big crowds.

      High visibility patrols will run from March 13 to 15 as fans make their way to the many basketball tournaments across the state. Beginning Thursday, troopers will focus on high traffic areas in an effort to reduce serious injury and fatality crashes.

      "From state basketball to local tournaments, there is the potential for increased traffic volume on state roadways," explained Colonel David Sankey, superintendent for the Nebraska State Patrol. "We want everyone to have the opportunity to cheer their team to victory and encourage voluntary compliance with all traffic safety laws."

      An $11,990 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety will help pay for the special enforcement efforts.

      Drivers are reminded to obey the posted speed limit, always wear their seat belt, allow plenty of time to reach their destination and never drive impaired or distracted.

      Several construction projects are underway on Nebraska roadways and can add to the likelihood of a crash if drivers aren't paying attention. The Nebraska State Patrol wants to remind drivers to take note of these construction areas and obey the posted speed limits which are often reduced and use caution in construction zones.

      Weather and road construction can play a factor in travel plans. Fans headed to tournament games are reminded to check road and weather condition reports by utilizing 511, Nebraska's Advanced Traveler Information System or the 511 Mobile Traveler Site or by dialing 511 (800-906-9069) from any landline or cellular phone for information.

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