As thousands of Husker football fans have flocked to Memorial Stadium for the team’s first three home games, Nebraska State Patrol troopers have been out in force, too, pulling over 38 speeders and one person driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the State Patrol said.
The extra effort has been part of a Husker football special enforcement, with troopers on the road and in the air, to help ease traffic, assist motorists and reduce the potential for crashes. The special enforcement has been paid for in part with a $3,285 grant from the Nebraska Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office.
The results from the first month also include a ticket for an open container of alcohol, four tickets for not using seat belts and three instances of helping motorists in need of assistance, the patrol said.
“We’ve had a few crashes that slowed traffic during the first three game days of the season,” said Capt. Lance Rogers, commander of Troop H in Lincoln, in a press release. “With more traffic on the road than usual, we encourage drivers to increase their following distance and be prepared to stop should congestion occur.”
The enforcement will continue for the next four Husker home games and will include radio traffic reports on the Husker Sports Network before and after the game, with support from the patrol’s aviation support division.
Anyone who spots a reckless driver or is in need of non-emergency roadside assistance can call a State Patrol Highway Helpline, when safe to do so, at *55 from a cellphone or 800-525-5555 from any landline. Travelers are urged to call 911 in an emergency.