LINCOLN – Conservation officers with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission conducted special enforcement patrols during the summer on state recreation areas in Lancaster County. These efforts were designed to help ensure users have a safe and enjoyable experience on Commission-managed areas.
Enforcement efforts aimed to reduce serious and fatal vehicle and boat accidents resulted in seven arrests for driving under the influence and two for boating under the influence. These special patrols allowed conservation officers to contact an additional 1,300 park visitors from mid-June through Labor Day.
In addition to the nine arrests for impaired operators, officers issued warnings and citations for drug possession (five), reckless driving (three), open alcohol container (five), minor in possession of alcohol (two), and no park entry permit (13).
Conservation officers worked with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and Nebraska State Patrol during the patrols, which were made possible by an $8,000 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety.