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The Columbus Police Department views its recent completion of a three-week-long specialized traffic enforcement campaign a success, released information from CPD says.

Through a nearly $6,000 grant provided through the Nebraska Highway Safety Office, certain CPD officers worked overtime hours during the multiple-week stretch in an effort to prevent alcohol-related accidents. These accidents tend to be more prevalent in March due to March Madness events, Spring Break and St. Patrick’s Day, according to the NHSO.

From March 8-31, the department issued 30 citations and 135 warnings. Four arrests were made in relation to people driving under the influence of alcohol and driving during suspension, as well as one arrest that led to the apprehension of a fugitive.

Released information shows that during the campaign there was only one alcohol-related wreck, which was reported as a non-injury accident. Throughout the years, information provided by the highway safety office shows that its effort to crack down on drinking and driving through various initiatives have contributed to the roads being safer.

Both male and female statistics regarding driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) greatly diminished from 2008-2017 – the highway office’s most recently published data.

In 2008, 10,895 male drivers and 3,101 female drivers were arrested for DUI-related offenses. Compare that with 5,131 male and 1,746 female DUI arrests in 2017. In total, the DUI rate during that nine-year span decreased by nearly 51 percent.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office (NDOT-HSO) is responsible for developing and implementing effective strategies to reduce the state’s traffic-related injury and fatality rates. These strategies come in the form of stand-alone projects, activities and also more comprehensive long-term programs.

As with other movements like the annual “Click it or Ticket" mobilization, the most recent initiative was intended to expanded police presence to crack down on other violations. Those violations following the campaign will be given to the NDOT-HSO to comply with its grant parameters.

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