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Nebraska State Patrol conducting series of DUI checks starting this month

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In their continuing effort to stop drunk driving, emergency responders in the panhandle will hold a series of special enforcement efforts starting this month and lasting throughout the summer.

Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol in Scottsbluff along with the Scotts Bluff County Sheriff's office will conduct night–time car checks around the county from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. 

The purpose is to keep impaired drivers off the roads.

Lieutenant Jamey Balthazor with Troop E says since January 1, 2012, there have been 34 fatal accidents within the panhandle including 41 deaths. 

67 percent of those accidents involved people not wearing their seatbelts. In addition, 44 percent of those accidents were alcohol-related. 

In the last seven months, "two innocent people were killed by drunk drivers, two lives too many,"said Balthazor.

Balthazor says if anyone sees some driving erratically who they think may be drunk, call 911.

"Persons lives you may be saving, might not be your own but it could be your friends or your relatives so it's just critical that folks help us out and just remove these impaired drivers off the road," he said.

The enforced checks will be conducted until the middle of summer.

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