The Scottsbluff Police Department partnered with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the 2020 holiday season Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over drunk-driving enforcement campaign.
From December 18, 2020 through January 1, 2021 officers arrested five offenders (four alcohol and one drugs) for the deadly crime.
The Scottsbluff Police Department ramped up its usual enforcement efforts, adding two extra officers on weekend nights and one extra officer on some weeknights. Sergeant Philip Eckerberg said that by removing five drunk drivers from the roads, lives were likely saved.
“We can’t stress this enough: Drunk driving is deadly, illegal behavior, and it puts the driver, his or her passengers, and other road users at terrible risk,” said Sergeant Eckerberg. “The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign helps our law enforcement officers better address this problem head on. If you feel impaired by any substance, do not get behind the wheel of a vehicle,” Sergeant Eckerberg said.
In 2019, 6,877 drivers were arrested for DUI and 1,542 drivers were involved in alcohol-related crashes. Of all alcohol-related crashes in Nebraska, there were 51 fatalities and an additional 657 injuries in 2019.
According to NHTSA, 839 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver during the month of December 2018. During the Christmas and New Year’s Day holiday periods in 2018 alone, there were more drunk-driving-related fatalities (285) than during any other holiday period that year. These fatalities are preventable, and drivers must remember that driving impaired by any substance — drugs or alcohol — is deadly, illegal, and selfish behavior.
“We encourage partygoers to always make a plan before they head out to their festivities, so that they may avoid driving drunk at all costs,” said Sergeant Eckerberg. “Remember: It is never okay to drink and drive. Even one drink can be one drink too many. Drinking and driving is a choice; one you should never make.”
For more information about the 2020 Holiday Season Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/drunk-driving/holiday-season/peak-enforcement-kit.
Scottsbluff PD Results:
- DUI Arrest: 5 (4 alcohol and 1 drug)
- Driving Under Suspension: 8
- Arrest Warrants Served: 5
- Open Container of Alcohol: 4
- Minor in Possession of Alcohol: 1
- No Valid Registration: 32
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia: 11
- Narcotics Possession: 7
- No Insurance: 5
- No Operator’s License: 8
- Resisting Arrest: 1
- Refusal of Chemical Test: 1
- Leaving Scene of Accident: 2
- Assault on Officer: 1
- Failure to Yield: 1
- Racing: 3
- Obstructing Officer: 1
- Carrying Concealed Weapon: 1
- Not having two plates on vehicle: 1
- Flight to Avoid Arrest: 2
- Stop Sign Violation: 1
- Traffic Light Violation: 3
- Fictitious Plates: 4
- Tamper with Evidence: 1
- No Headlights: 2
- Improper Lane Change: 1
- Improper Stopping: 1
- Calls For Service: 899
- Cases: 132
- Assist The Public: 112
- Accidents with Injuries: 7
- Accidents with only Property Damage: 23
- Seat Belt Survey Usage Rate Results: Pre 52.75%, Post 56.25%