The Unofficial End To The Summer Is Here

By: Nadia Singh Email
By: Nadia Singh Email

Thousands of people will eagerly get their long Labor Day Weekend started Friday; some even got an early start on it Thursday.

AAA is expecting some 40 million motorists to take to the roadways during the three day mini-vacation. That's down 13 percent from last year but nonetheless, officials say people will notice an increased presence on the road.

In Omaha, officials are preparing for a busy weekend and have a very simple message for locals and visitors alike.

"You drink, you drive, you lose, over the limit under arrest. Basically, our focus is that the streets of Omaha and in the surrounding communities stay safe and free from impaired drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs," said Omaha Police Department's Sgt. Laurie Scott.

Police statewide will be on special notice for not following the "Move Over Law," seal belt infractions and of course, driving while intoxicated.

On Nebraska roads alone this year there has been almost 140 fatalities, slightly up from last year. Nebraska State Patrol officials say they don't want to see that number go up, especially this weekend. That's why, they too will have more men and women out in the field for the long holiday.

"The Nebraska State Patrol with the assistance of the Office of Highway Safety has extra money to put troopers out on overtime, that increases the number of officers out there," Captain Bret Friesz with the Nebraska State Patrol told Channel 6.

And who could forget that It's also the beginning of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Cornhusker season. Officials say that will for sure add more traffic on the road as fans head to Lincoln for the season opener.

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