"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.