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NSP pushing REDDI Program in 2014

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Panhandle law enforcement want the public to be on the look–out for drunk drivers.

This year, the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) is putting a special emphasis on the REDDI Program, which stands for Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately.

Lieutenant Jamey Balthazar says the obvious signs of a drunk driver are: erratic driving, excessive swerving, crossing the center line and driving in the median. 

If you suspect someone is driving under the influence, you can report the vehicle to authorities by calling *55 or 911.

Try and give as much detail as possible including car description, license plate number, location and traveling direction.

"You have the right to drive down the road safely," says Lt. Balthazar.  "It's our responsibility to make sure that takes place.  And unfortunately we cant have trooper and deputies and police officers everywhere at all times.  So sometimes we need the public's help to make us aware where there's someone traveling down the road who needs to be removed or at least contacted."

Every year, close to 13,000 people die in alcohol–related car crashes.  That's roughly one death every 40 minutes.

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