State officials are urging motorists to use extra caution during the upcoming holidays and as the season's first snow looms in eastern Nebraska.
Gov. Dave Heineman and first lady Sally Ganem made the announcement Wednesday, one day before the region was expected to see 1-2 inches of snow.
State officials kicked off the annual "Tie One on For Safety" campaign, led by Mothers Against Drunk Driving Nebraska. Started in 1986, the campaign encourages motorists to tie a red ribbon on their vehicle as a symbol of their commitment to drive safe, sober and buckled up this holiday season. Ribbons are available at the MADD Nebraska State Office or at Omaha and Lincoln area Hy-Vee stores. For more information visit madd.org.
“The Nebraska State Patrol is proud to support MADD and its efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of impaired driving,” said Colonel David Sankey, superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “Enforcement initiatives and public safety campaigns play a vital role in helping keep our roads safe. By engaging motorists in these efforts, we are working to save lives through voluntary compliance with all traffic safety laws.”
The State Patrol plans to place additional troopers on the roads during the holiday season. The National Highway Safety Administration says drunken driving deaths typically increase over the holidays.
In 2011, between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, 931 people were killed in drunk driving crashes nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.