From Dec. 18-Jan. 1, Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies conducted 227 traffic stops and helped seven motorists who needed assistance during the nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

Deputies charged eight drivers for driving under the influence as well as these other offenses: possession of methamphetamine, possession of heroin, obstructing an officer, assault on an officer, assault on an officer with body fluids, carrying a concealed firearm and resisting arrest.

Six other motorists were picked up on Lincoln County warrants.

Also, deputies issued 46 citations for speeding. Five of them were ticketed for going 100 mph or faster. Nearly half of the tickets were for 20 mph or more over the speed limit, the sheriff’s office said.  

Also, six minors were cited for possession of alcohol.

Additional citations were written for: exhibition of acceleration, reckless driving, driving under suspension, open alcohol containers, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, expired registration, no insurance and no valid driver’s license, the sheriff’s office said.

During the two-week time period, deputies worked late hours, including some overtime, thanks in large part to a $16,800 grant provided by the Nebraska Department of Highway Safety.