The Nebraska State Patrol is stepping up its patrols as the Cox Classic Golf Tournament underway in Omaha. The event runs through August 5th and is expected to draw nearly 100,000 visitors.
Troopers will use a number of high visibility patrols Thursday through Saturday nights around the tournament site, Champions Run Country Club at 138th and Eagle Run Drive. Their goal is to let drivers know they're watching, which hopefully will reduce the potential for alcohol-related crashes around the tournament site.
A nearly $10,000 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety will pay for the overtime involved between both troopers and communication personnel.
Last year, troopers took seven impaired drivers off the road during the Cox Classic. They issued 259 citations and warnings.