October Safety & Sobriety Enforcement Summary
To coincide with National Impaired Driving Enforcement Weeks, Lincoln Police Department's Northeast Team coordinated several saturation details and a sobriety checkpoint. Funding for this increased enforcement was provided by a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).
These saturations details took place Friday, October 23, 2009, Saturday, October 24, 2009 and Friday, October 30, 2009. Saturation enforcement consists of officers concentrated into a small geographic area focusing on reducing on-view crime and traffic offenses.Totals for saturation enforcement:
|51||Official traffic citations|
|5||Driving under the influence|
|5||Driving under suspension|
|25||Minor in possession|
|1||Possession of drug paraphernalia|
The enforcement culminated with a sobriety checkpoint from Saturday, October 31st, 10pm-November 1st, 2:30am. Over 500 vehicles passed through the checkpoint on N. 48th Street/Francis Street-Garland Street, with 131 of those drivers contacted.Checkpoint totals:
|10||Official traffic citations|
|3||Driving under the influence|
|2||Minor in possession|
|1||Fail to comply|
The drivers contacted were queried as to whether they believed the checkpoint was fair, whether they minded being contacted and whether they feel checkpoints deter drunk driving.Survey Results:
Sergeant Morrow and the Northeast Team would like to express sincere gratitude to all of the designated sober drivers and their passengers, as well as those who chose to take a taxi home following the Halloween festivities. Their responsible decisions helped to make the roads safer for Lincoln citizens, their families and friends. Numerous designated drivers and taxi drivers passed through the checkpoint with intoxicated passengers. It was a positive message that repeat reminders of the dangers of impaired driving are being heard and increased enforcement is making an impact.