Omaha Police arrest 25 impaired drivers over St. Patrick's Day weekend

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- The Omaha Police Department’s traffic unit has released details on its St. Patrick’s Day DUI enforcement efforts from Friday through Tuesday.

The department arrested 25 impaired drivers. The Nebraska State Patrol also stepped up enforcement for the holiday but the results are not available yet.

In addition, the following arrests or citations were made:

  • Speeding: 86
  • Registration and Insurance Violations: 37
  • Moving Violations: 40
  • Seat belt Violations: 7
  • Driving During Suspension and License Violations: 13
  • Fugitive From Justice: 2

The special operation was possible in part by a grant for $8,000 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office.

The Nebraska State Patrol arrested four impaired drivers during St. Patrick's Day operations. It is the fewest arrested on the holiday in at least 15 years, the NSP said in a statement released Wednesday.

NSP Superintendent Col. John Bolduc said the reduction of DUI arrests is an indication of how the public has responded to health guidance amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’d like to thank restaurants and bars across Nebraska for doing their part during this difficult time," he said.

The NSP has averaged roughly 16 DUI arrests on St. Patrick's Day over the last 10 years.