State patrol plans high visibility enforcement efforts for Omaha Metro

Friday, Aug 01, 2008 - 10:37:08 am CDT

(Omaha, NE)- The Omaha Metro Safety Initiative (OMSI), designed to emphasize traffic and citizen safety in selected areas of the Omaha Metro, will again be conducting a series of high visibility enforcement efforts.

Throughout the month of August, the Nebraska State Patrol, in conjunction with the Omaha Police Department and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will combine efforts to enforce traffic laws, in an effort to draw attention to crash causing behaviors and reduce the number of people killed or injured in traffic crashes.

The combined efforts will take place on seven days throughout the month of August. The enforcement will involve high visibility saturation patrols in areas to include Highway 75, I-680, 72nd Street, and Sorenson Parkway, as well as Maple & Dodge Streets.

This is the fourth OMSI selective, paid for thanks in part to a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).

OMSI enforcement efforts in June resulted in 817 contacts along with 237 citations and 169 warnings issued. Ninety-nine speeding citations and warnings were issued. Forty-seven people were cited for Driving Under Suspension, eight people arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, another 26 taken into custody on outstanding warrants. Fifty-six citations and warnings were handed out for seat belt violations.

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