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Law enforcement increases patrols during Kearney Cruise Nite

This week, people are showing off their classic cars during Kearney Cruise Nite. At the same time, law enforcement is reminding you to be safe if you head out to the big event. (Kearney Police Department)

This week, people are showing off their classic cars during Kearney Cruise Nite. At the same time, law enforcement is reminding you to be safe if you head out to the big event.

From hot rods to classic rides, there's something for just about everyone at Kearney Cruise Nite.

"We're all about the love and appreciation of cars. From brand new Corvettes to Model A's, Model T's and everything in between," said Brad Kernick, chairman for Kearney Cruise Nite.

What started off as a small event, has now grown to a five-day attraction drawing tens of thousands of people to central Nebraska.

“It was meant just to have a one day car show and then a dance that evening," said Kernick recalling the inception of the event, and adding "people come a long ways because it's just fun."

Alongside that fun, local law enforcement is putting extra boots on the ground to make sure you and your family stay safe.

"Have fun, but let’s not get in trouble or get hurt," said Michael Kirkwood, with the Kearney Police Department.

Kirkwood says 26 people were arrested at Cruise Nite events in 2016, and many were cited for violating a relatively new city ordinance.

"You can't walk around with an open beer anymore," said Kirkwood.

Kirkwood explains, you can now get hit with a citation and $50 fine for having an open container of alcohol on the street, sidewalk, or even parking lot owned by the city.

“We're not against the drinking, you can go have a good time, but make sure you're on private property," said Kirkwood.

Nebraska State Patrol will also have a dozen troopers on watch through Sunday.

"We'll be looking to make sure the roads are clear and safe. We always want to encourage people to wear their seat-belts and drive safe, with all the pedestrians in town and the heavy volume of traffic," said Dale Fahnholz, a Trooper with Nebraska State Patrol.

Event organizers and law enforcement hope everyone will have a great time at Cruise Nite, with out getting into trouble in the process.

"We want it to be as much fun as people can possibly have, but they do have to obey the law," said Kernick.

"If we got through the weekend with no arrests, I'd be happy," said Kirkwood.

KPD says it also has problems with trespassing, fights, underage drinking, and drunk driving during this event, so officers are reminding you to be safe and act responsibly.

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