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LPD arrests 108 people for DUI during special holiday patrol
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LPD arrests 108 people for DUI during special holiday patrol

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The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office released the results of a campaign cracking down on drunken driving last month in a Thursday press release.

The Lincoln Police Department and Nebraska State Patrol joined the sheriff's office in the effort to combat drinking and driving over the holidays from Dec. 14-29.

LPD made 108 DWI/DUI arrests, an increase from 2017, which had 89 arrests, although the number of arrests had been steadily decreasing since 2014.

LCSO contacted 118 vehicles, issuing 53 official traffic citation and 115 warning/defect cards. There were also 25 criminal arrests, including marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia possession and littering.

The campaign, titled "You Drink & Drive, You Lose," encourages high visibility traffic enforcement with a zero-tolerance approach to drivers under the influence.

The patrols were paid for through grants from the Nebraska Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office. 

The State Patrol made 64 DWI/DUI arrests for the project, as well as 66 for possession of drugs. A number of citations were also given out, including 1,055 for speeding, 35 for open container and 13 for minor in possession. Troopers also assisted nearly 800 drivers, many of whom caught in snowstorms.

"The holidays should be filled with positive memories," patrol Superintendent John Bolduc said in a release. "Impaired driving not only puts yourself at risk of injury or death, but also poses a risk to everyone else on the road. Our troopers and dispatchers worked hard over the last several weeks to take impaired drivers off the road and ensure safe roads for all of Nebraska."

Reach the writer at 402-473-7241 or cspilinek@journalstar.com.

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