Nebraska State Patrol cracking down on speeders

People may see more Troopers stopping vehicles this week in hopes of saving lives, its called 'Operation Safe Driver Week'.
Nebraska State Patrol

LINCOLN, NE. (KLKN) – People may see more Troopers stopping vehicles this week in hopes of saving lives, its called ‘Operation Safe Driver Week’.

The effort happens every year across the country. It was created by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and it’s based on tactics that are important at the time, this year that tactic is speeding.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak began back in mid-March, Troopers have issued more then double the amount of speeding tickets for people traveling over 100 miles per hour, then last year. That is an average of three citations per day for those dangerous speeds. LT. Mike Maytum with the Nebraska State Patrol says he believes with less traffic on the roads, people get carried away.

“I think it really boils down to open roadways, it’s wide open roads in front of people. They maybe feel like they can drive a little faster because there aren’t as many obstacles in the way” Maytum told Channel 8 Eyewitness News reporter Alexa Skonieski.

With higher speeds, comes more dangerous drives. Not only for just passenger vehicles but for commercial vehicles too. Since semi-trucks are so big, it’s harder for them to maneuver on the roadways and that can create a recipe for disaster. Troopers are hoping this week can help enforce a safe motoring environment for all types of drivers and vehicles.

‘Operation Safe Driver Week’ runs through Saturday but law enforcement wants people to know just because the initiative ends, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t play by the rules.

 

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