Nebraska’s motorcycle fatality rate hit a 20-year high in 2017 with 26 deaths. Nearly 40% occurred in NSP’s Troop A area, based in Omaha.

State troopers have started a special enforcement operation focused on motorcycle and exhibitionist speeding in the Omaha metro area, specifically Douglas and Sarpy Counties, Nebraska State Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas said Wednesday.

The operation runs from May 1-July 15, with troopers and dispatchers working overtime in the effort to make metro roads safer, Thomas said. The NSP Aviation Support Division will help apprehend drivers who flee an attempted traffic stop.

The effort is possible thanks in part to a grant for $6,200 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office (NDOT-HSO), Thomas said

“Our troopers have noticed a recent increase in reckless driving by young motorcyclists,” said Major Brenda Konfrst, NSP Commander of Eastern Field Services. “This type of driving is extremely dangerous to both the rider and other motorists on the road.”