For Immediate Release:
Contact Person: Lt. Joe Martinec
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) will conduct a DUI enforcement effort today, St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, 17 March 2011 and into the early morning hours of Friday, 18 March 2011. The DCSO will be joining numerous law enforcement agencies nationwide to protect citizens from the deadly and serious crime of drinking and driving. Funding for the increased enforcement effort is being provided through a $3,000.00 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).
Several Nebraska Alcohol-Related Statistics:
- In 2009, there were 1,746 alcohol-related vehicle crashes.
- In 2009, of the 1,746 alcohol-related crashes, there were 824 personal injury crashes.
- In 2009, there were 205 fatal vehicles crashes, resulting in 223 deaths. Of those 205 fatal crashes, 73 (36%) were alcohol-related, resulting in 79 deaths.
- In 2009, there were 13,399 arrests for DUI in Nebraska, resulting in 11,520 convictions, which is an 86% conviction rate.
Statistics above provided by the Nebraska Department of Highway Safety
Our goal with this selective enforcement is to use saturated patrols on St. Patrick’s Day to seek out suspected drunk drivers, who will then be arrested and taken off the street; thus, creating safer streets for the citizens of Douglas County. Research indicates that the key to deterring impaired driving is high visibility enforcement. Drivers must perceive that the risk of being caught is too high before behavior will change. The efforts of the DCSO and other area law enforcement agencies serve to remind motorists that drinking and driving is unacceptable and that DUI laws will be enforced.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day responsibly and remember:
Don’t Drink and Drive!