FREMONT – The Nebraska State Patrol Headquarters Troop in Lincoln has released the stats for the first month of special enforcement efforts surrounding the Husker home football games.
During the first three games of the Huskers’ home schedule, troopers have been on the road and in the air with efforts designed to ease the traffic congestion and reduce the potential for series injury or fatal crashes. Public Relations Director with the state patrol, Cody Thomas, says this enforcement is something they do every football season.
“This is an operation we do every year, because Husker football attracts many people. Not just from our area here in Eastern Nebraska, but all over the state. And even outside the state, too,” said Thomas. “So there are a number of extra cars on the road, with so many people coming to Lincoln for those Husker football games.”
Thomas says they have troopers inside the stadium and in the state patrol helicopter helping out with traffic enforcement from the air during the special enforcement operation. He says the biggest thing motorists need to be aware of is traffic congestion.
“We just want people to be aware that when they’re coming to a Husker football game, that may add a few more things to look out for,” said Thomas. “But mostly it’s traffic congestion. There’s so many more people on the road. There’s so many people coming to Lincoln, that it adds to the volume of cars on the interstate. So we encourage people to add a little extra distance to their following distance between the car in front of them and their car. And pay attention and be attentive to the road.”
During the first month of the Husker home schedule, troopers removed one driver for Driving Under the Influence, and issued 38 citations for Speeding, one for Open Container, and four for No Seat Belt. The Nebraska State Patrol will continue these traffic operations for the next four Husker home games.