BBPD issues warning

From Aug. 17 through Labor Day, the Broken Bow Police Department will participate in a statewide “You Drink, You Drive, You Lose” Selective DUI Enforcement campaign. According to Police Chief Steve Scott, this is a coordinated effort of law enforcement agencies across the state to decrease the number of drunk and impaired drivers in our communities. The program is funded through a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety. Several Nebraska Alcohol-Related Statistics: * In 2011, there were 1,822 alcohol-related vehicle crashes. * In 2011, of the 1,822 alcohol-related crashes, there were 837 alcohol-relatedpersonal injury crashes. * In 2011, there were 164 fatal vehicles crashes, resulting in 181 deaths. Of those164 fatal crashes, 49 were alcohol-related and resulted in 51 deaths. * In 2011, there were 10,549 DUI convictions in Nebraska. “Our goal with this selective enforcement is to use additional officers, highly visible saturation patrols and DWI checkpoints to seek out suspected drunk drivers and arrest them, thus creating safer streets for the citizens of Broken Bow,” Chief Scott said.