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Nebraska State Patrol urging safety, good citizenship during pandemic

Posted at 10:57 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 23:58:35-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — While traffic citations are down, the Nebraska State Patrol said speeding citations are up.

“I think that a lot of people are just taking advantage of the fact that we're not stopping people unless it's something egregious and now they're testing us with that, so that's the reason why we want to get this out," said NSP Trooper Keith Bell.

The number of DUI’s has decreased from last year, but Trooper Bell said more drivers are taking advantage of open roads due to COVID-19.

"There's been an uptick of speeding in the month of March,” said Trooper Bell. “There were approximately 25 citations that were written that were over an excess of 100 miles per hour."

Just recently, troopers stopped someone driving 115 miles per hour in a 75 mile an hour speed zone.

Trooper Bell said it's not only unsafe for the driver, but for the many essential workers on the road, like truck drivers.

Troopers are also asking parents to ensure their kids are being responsible.