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Troopers Arrest 35 Impaired Drivers During State Basketball

Passenger side of a Nebraska State Patrol Cruiser with a sun set in the background.

MARCH 14, 2024 (LINCOLN, NEB.)  —  Nebraska State Troopers removed from the road 35 impaired drivers during this year’s NSAA State Basketball tournaments, thanks in part to a special enforcement effort including troopers across the state.

During the two weekends of state basketball in Lincoln, troopers across the state arrested 35 people for driving under the influence. Troopers also stopped 38 drivers for speeding at 100 miles per hour or more.

“As teams claimed state titles in Lincoln, our troopers and dispatchers were working diligently to keep fans safe as they traveled across the state,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “As travelers faced the additional challenge of a winter storm late last week, we’d like to thank everyone for doing their part to keep Nebraska safe.”

In addition to the 35 people arrested for driving under the influence, troopers issued citations for speeding (612), driving under suspension (68), no seat belt (17), improper child restraint (12), and minor in possession (15). Troopers also assisted 341 motorists in need of help on the road during the two weekends.

The two campaigns ran from February 28 through March 2 and March 6 through March 9. This effort was made possible thanks in part to grant funding from the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office.