By Chadron Police Department
Chadron — From August 19 through September 5, the Chadron Police Department participated in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort. In support of the law enforcement community’s dedication to protecting the lives of residents in their communities, officers worked to take drunk drivers off the roads.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 11,654 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2020 that involved an alcohol-impaired driver. On average, more than 10,000 people were killed each year from 2016 to 2020, and one person was killed in a drunk-driving crash every 45 minutes in 2020. This is why the Chadron Police Department worked together with NHTSA during this enforcement period to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death. The Chadron Police Department would like you to remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
“We work daily to ensure that our streets remain safe for our community members as well as those just passing through our town.” said Sergeant Cloyd. “This awareness effort was designed to get the message out that drunk driving is illegal and to help prevent loss of life. We look forward to continued partnerships between law enforcement and drivers helping us protect our community and putting an end to this senseless behavior.” he said.
The Chadron Police Department made a total of eighteen contacts during the enforcement period, resulting in two citations, and multiple warning for violations including: Head/Tail lights, Stop Signs, Speeding, Vehicle Registrations, and Open Containers.
The Chadron Police Department and NHTSA are reminding citizens of the many resources available to get them home safely. Drunk driving is not acceptable behavior, especially when there are so many safe alternatives to get you home safely.
The Chadron Police Department recommends these safe alternatives to drinking and driving:
· Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.
· If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact the Chadron Police Department, or dial 911.
· Do you have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
For more information on impaired driving,
· Stop by the Chadron Police Department located at:
o 125 Main Street, Chadron, Nebraska or call (308) 432-0510. · Follow your Police Department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/chadronpolice · Or visit www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving
We wish everyone a safe and happy driving experience.