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Free service helps get drivers home safely

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By: Brittany Paris

bparis@klkntv.com


Husker Football is in the air and we're just days away from kickoff.

Memorial Stadium will be buzzing with nearly 90,000 fans on Saturday.

With the added traffic, the State Patrol is adding troopers to the roads.

"Whenever you get that amount of traffic coming into an event, you're bound to have some traffic issues. So we always beef up our presence a little bit," Lt. Jeff Wilcunski, Nebraska State Patrol, said.

Through a $13,000 grant, the State Patrol is able to put an extra eight officers on the streets, looking for anyone with car trouble, accidents and impaired drivers.

That's where Friedman Law Offices comes in. It's teaming up with OMALiNK to keep drivers off the roads and get people home safely.

This is the third year the law firm is sponsoring the free Safe Ride Home service.

They say each year, thousands of people are injured or killed because of drunk drivers and drunk driving is particularly in common on game days.

"We've represented a number of people who have been injured as a result of drunk drivers, so we're very mindful of that. It's very important to keep drunk drivers off the street and that's our goal in this. To keep people safe and healthy so that they don't hurt anybody," Herb Friedman, Friedman Law Offices, said.

You can get a ride to your home, as long as it's in Lincoln, for three hours after each game at 14th and O. It's for licensed drivers who have had too much to drink.

Keep in min, the State Patrol and Friedman Law Offices want everyone to enjoy Husker Game Days safely.

"Encourage people to have fun on Football Saturdays, but be safe afterwards," Dan Friedman, Friedman Law Offices, said.

The Safe Ride Home service will run after every home football game, starting with this Saturday's game against Florida Atlantic.

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