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Nebraska State Patrol enforcing alcohol safety at state lakes

By: Lauren Fabrizi

The Nebraska State Patrol is trying to make the roads a little safer this summer.

They've been given $3,000 from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety for alcohol enforcement at state lakes.

Authorities said this season, there's been an increase in DUI citations for both boaters and drivers. Troopers will be manning checkpoints this month at lakes like Pawnee and Wagon Train. They were at Branched Oak Saturday.

"If we see an obvious violation as they come up to the checkpoint or if we smell an obvious odor of an alcoholic beverage or narcotics, then we'll pull them aside and investigate them further," Sgt. Jim DePhreece said. "We want to have this area be a safe environment for families. Just want to make sure we get impaired drivers off the road."

Troopers will continue to man those checkpoints at other state lakes until August 14.

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