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January 10, 2012
For More Information Contact:
Officer Katie Flood, Public Information Officer, 402.441.7226
Captain Martin Fehringer, Duty Command, 402.441.7262

"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Campaign Summary

The Lincoln Police Department had a very productive month with our involvement in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign sponsored by the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety. Third shift officers made a total of 213 DWI arrests from midnight, December 1, 2011, until 4 a.m. on January 1, 2012. A Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) arrest was made every day during the month of December. The single most productive day was December 11th, 2011, with nineteen DWI arrests.

Of the 213 DWI arrests,

94 arrests were DWI-Aggravated (drivers with a BAC over .15)
6 arrests were for felony DWI violations
5 arrests were for .02 violations
16 arrests were for refusing a chemical test
1 arrest was a DRE (drug recognition) offense

With the assistance of an overtime grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety, on-duty officers were supplemented with additional officers during peak enforcement times. Those officers were able to achieve the following:

170 Official traffic citations
226 Warning citations
32 DWI arrests
15 Aggravated DWI offenses
35 Criminal arrests

The 213 arrests are believed to be the highest number of drunk drivers arrested by LPD in the month of December. Past December totals:

During the campaign, we also examined accident statistics. Through the month of December, between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m., there were nineteen accidents. Of those accidents, five resulted in injury and fourteen were property damage accidents. This is a 24% decrease from December 2010 when we investigated twenty five accidents - twelve injury and thirteen property damage accidents. The goal of this campaign was not only to reduce the number of impaired drivers from the roadways, but to also decrease accident totals.

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