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Nebraska State Patrol helps hundreds of motorists over snowy holiday weekend

Posted at 3:12 PM, Dec 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-02 16:12:28-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — While many across the state were recovering from their holiday food comas, troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) were working overtime--responding to various winter storms and helping more than 400 motorists.

“Two major snow events that covered much of Nebraska made Thanksgiving travel difficult,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “We’d like to thank the vast majority of drivers who heeded the advice of NSP and NDOT. Adjusting travel plans to avoid the worst conditions undoubtedly prevented dangerous situations.”

The weekend also marked the annual Thanksgiving "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

During the enforcement effort, NSP says they arrested 17 people for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Troopers also issued citations for the following: speeding (278), driving under suspension (28), open container (8), minor in possession (5), no proof of insurance (12), no seat belt (7), and improper child restraint (4).

NSP additionally performed 407 motorist assists, responded to 48 crashes and helped other agencies with 78 events from Wednesday through Sunday.

“As we move through the winter months, drivers should always check 511 before traveling,” said Bolduc. “Our partners at the Department of Transportation deserve tremendous credit for their work this weekend to get Nebraska moving again during back-to-back winter storms.”

The State Patrol urges motorists to keep a winter weather survival kit inside vehicles.

Some items they suggest include a first aid kit, phone charger, ice scraper, shovel, small bag of sand, flashlight with extra batteries, blankets or sleeping bags, extra clothing and winter accessories, jumper cables, tow rope, tool kit, matches, candles, red flag or bandanna, high energy or dehydrated foods, and bottled water.