Nebraska State Patrol pleading safe travel

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) – After a week of action in the Girls State Basketball Tournament, the boys have their turn vying for a title in Lincoln. Throughout the tournaments, Nebraska State Troopers are patrolling the roads to make sure players and fans arrive safely.

“The state basketball tournaments create memories that players, families, and fans will hold for a lifetime,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “We’re excited that teams from across the state have the opportunity to play for a state championship, and our troopers will be working hard to make sure those championship memories aren’t disrupted by problems on the road.”

The NSAA Boys Basketball Tournament has a modified schedule this year. It’s a five day event with champions being crowned on Saturday. With the extended tournament schedule, troopers will perform high-visibility patrols throughout the week. The effort focuses on the Lincoln area, as well as other high-traffic areas in Nebraska.

“March is known for madness on the basketball court,” said Colonel Bolduc. “Let’s all do our part to keep the madness off the road by following traffic safety laws, avoiding distracted or impaired driving, and always wearing a seat belt.”

Captain Tyler Schmidt reminds everyone to follow safety guidelines as more travel restrictions are lifted.

“First of all, it’s going to be a safe travel flow,” says Schmidt. “As people are descending upon Lincoln to make sure that they are giving each other space and time in between vehicles. Making sure they are using the safety devices such as the seat belts in the vehicles. and they’re paying attention to the ever changing weather we are going to be having this weekend.”

This effort is made possible thanks in part to a grant for $11,328 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office. Any motorists in need of help can call the NSP Highway Helpline at *55 or 800-525-5555 and speak directly with an NSP dispatcher.

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