Nebraska State Patrol, AAA work to keep roads safe during Memorial Day weekend

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – On three-day weekends, law enforcement is prepared to help keep roads safe from distracted and impaired drivers.  Companies like AAA are also doing their part to keep drivers safe on Memorial Day weekend.

“The number of expected travelers this weekend on a national basis is 39.2 million, which is an increase even over last year,” said Brian Orther, public affairs specialist at AAA.  “With the number of travelers back on the road as we are somewhat emerging from the pandemic, people want to get out and about.”

AAA offers free tow and ride services for both members and non-members.  Its offered throughout Nebraska until Tuesday morning at 6 a.m.

Drivers are encouraged to use the tow-to-go program but should not make it your only option as it may take time depending on demand.

“Timing, depending on the number of calls, and time of the day there may be some delays. So we want to make it an option, that’s the priority is making it an option for people to arrive safely at their next destination over the holiday weekend,” Orther said.

AAA says there is no shame in using the service because it helps keep drivers safe across the state.

“It’s a confidential resource as well. It is also important that it is there for you to get home safely from your holiday fun,” Orther said.

With even more drivers on the road, it is even more important to pay attention.

“Anytime we have increased traffic flow, the chances of crashes are going to go up,” Nebraska State trooper Jeff Rutan said.  “The most important thing that you can do is put on your seat belt and stay away from the distractions.”

Besides impaired drivers, troopers have seen an increase in speeding.

“Anytime we have increased traffic, we see higher speeds. Weekends in general we do. It seems like over the summer it really picks up and becomes a problem,” Rutan said.

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