CREATED Dec. 12, 2012
Sarpy County, NE - This time of year, local law enforcement is cracking down on drunk drivers. A KMTV Action 3 News crew tagged along as Deputy Adam Vail drove across Sarpy County looking for impaired drivers.
"The person that's swerving in between lanes or driving on the shoulder hitting curbs, stuff like that those are the big ones that indicate impairment or a distraction at least," Deputy Adam Vail said.
While out on patrol, Vail runs a license plate and notices this driver has a revoked license for DUI. The driver isn't drunk but gets a ticket for breaking the law. Patrols like this are part of the 'Tie One On for Safety' campaign which aims to keep drunk drivers off the streets. "We don't want them out there hurting anybody, our biggest job is to take them off the road way because a lot of them don't understand how dangerous they are driving while they're impaired," Vail said.
It's a problem that's all too real here in Nebraska. The state is 14th in the nation when it comes to drunk driving deaths. A 2011 report also found 31% of deadly crashes in Nebraska involved alcohol.
"It is frustrating but we do our best out here and try to stop every car that we can and determined if they're impaired and move on from there."
Sarpy County has a program to curb drunk driving. It's called " I Care Cab Fare." You purchase a pre-paid card that can only be used for cabs. The sheriff's office spent six months developing the program.