The first week of the Cox Classic is in the books and as expected, police are kicking up their enforcement of traffic and parking rules around the golf event.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office, along with the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety is currently conducting selective enforcement at the golf event. The goal is to reduce speeding, preventing drunk driving and limit the number of parking complaints from homeowners.
Off the tee box, golfers in the Cox Classic are aiming to go low, with hopes of making the cut for the tournament. As the last of Friday’s players marched on towards the green, the day was already over for Bill Dropinski and his friend. After a day of watching the pros, the friends walked to their car, they parked across 132nd Street.
"It’s a little hike up there to the main spot, behind 18. But it's not too bad, if it wasn't 110 degrees out here, it would be a little better,” Dropinski said.
Dropinski had to make the hike because during tournament play, while golfers are on the course, Eagle Run drive is closed. Signage marks the warning for drivers who want to push the limits.
“Some people try to push the limit a little bit and we try, with things like this we try to just say hey, you know can you please move the car, and a lot of people do, do that. We catch them right away,” Barry Kriha said. Kriha, with the Cox Classic event said overall, complaints and traffic flow had moved smoothly thus far throughout the event.
Media passes and resident passes are only allowed along Eagle Run Drive. Shuttle services are available to move fans from outside parking areas to the tournament grounds.
As the second round came to an end, the greens were washed down with water. But the golfers were not the only ones looking to the weekend. Trevor Quandt cooled down with a beer but he knew outside the tent, troubled awaited if he had made the bad decision to drink and drive.
"I plan on coming on down here drinking, obviously. All you got to do is make sure you have a ride home, you just have to plan before,” Quandt said.
The only parking complaint connected with the event was Thursday night, someone apparently couldn't parallel park and left a couple tires on a homeowner’s lawn.
The results from the grant sponsored traffic enforcement will be made available next week.