State troopers removed 73 impaired drivers from the road during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign from Aug. 21-Sept. 7, which closed out the summer driving season.

“This summer driving season has been unique, but our troopers’ dedication to keeping Nebraska roads safe has been steadfast,” said Col. John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol.

The effort was part of a national campaign involving law enforcement agencies throughout the country. NSP’s portion of the effort was made possible thanks in part to the grant for $20,000 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office, NSP spokesman Cody Thomas said.

In addition to the 73 arrests for driving under the influence, troopers also issued citations for:

• Speeding –1,196

• Driving under suspension — 97

• No proof of insurance — 54

• Open container — 24

• Minor in possession — 17

• No seat belt — 26

• Improper child restraint — 13

Troopers also performed 767 motorist assists for drivers who needed help on the road.

The campaign also marks the end of NSP’s “100 Days of Summer” campaign focused on safe driving during the summer months.

Between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend, troopers performed dozens of enforcement and education operations to keep Nebraska roads safe. Troopers assisted more than 4,700 motorists during the summer campaign and arrested 320 people for DUI.

During the “100 Days of Summer,” excessive speeding continued to be an issue on Nebraska roads. Troopers issued 390 speeding citations for motorists exceeding 100 mph.

That figure more than doubled the 192 citations for more speeding than 100 mph during the same period last year, Thomas said.

“As we move into the final months of the year, we encourage all drivers to do their part as well,” Bolduc said. “For whatever reason you’re traveling, drive safely and drive sober.”