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Nebraska State Patrol encourages responsible St. Patrick's Day celebrations amid pandemic

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Posted at 12:50 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 13:50:13-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Despite several bars and restaurants closing their doors to comply with public health guidance in response to COVID-19, the Nebraska State Patrol said it will still be patrolling for impaired drivers throughout Tuesday, with St. Patrick's Day traditionally being one of the highest days for drunk driving incidents in the nation.

“We’ve already seen how well our communities throughout our state are responding to this unprecedented situation,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “Our hope is always that people celebrate responsibly, but that message has a different meaning today. If you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, please do so responsibly by adhering to CDC recommendations for gatherings and by designating a sober driver.”

The NSP said its troopers are constantly patrolling for impaired drivers throughout Nebraska and will continue to be on the lookout for impaired drivers throughout St. Patrick’s Day. The patrol would be partially funded by a $7,552 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation- Highway Safety Office.

The NSP encouraged Nebraskans to celebrate responsibly by not drinking and driving, and by avoiding gatherings with more than 10 people as was recommended by Governor Pete Ricketts on Monday evening.