LINCOLN – Special enforcement operations surrounding Husker football games with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have been completed.
For the Huskers’ home schedule troopers were on the road and in the NSP helicopter to assist in traffic operations before and after the games. NSP Public Relations Director Cody Thomas says the operations are designed to ease traffic congestion and to also reduce the risk for potential serious or fatal crashes.
“It’s a season-long effort. We cut it up into two segments of the season,” said Thomas. “We saw similar results for the final four home games that we had for the first three. We had some infractions for speeding, open container, and no seat belts. Also we removed one driver from the road for driving under the influence.”
During the final stretch of home games, troopers issued 29 speeding citations, 2 for open containers, and 3 citations were issued for no seat belts. Troopers also assisted two motorists in need of help during the special enforcement. Thomas says they will take everything they learned during the special enforcement operations this year and try to make any needed improvements for next season.
“With such high volumes of cars on the road coming to and from Lincoln for Husker football games, we’re always looking for ways to improve the traffic flow,” said Thomas. “So we’ll probably take some things that we learned this year and maybe incorporate that into the operations for next season.”
The Nebraska State Patrol also wants to remind drivers to be patient, whether they are driving to and from a Husker football game or just traveling for the holidays. They encourage drivers to always drive safely and never drive distracted or impaired.