- Associated Press - Thursday, August 17, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska law enforcement agencies are planning to increase their enforcement of drunken driving laws over the next few weeks.

The Nebraska State Patrol says it will hold sobriety checkpoints and increase the number of troopers along with 43 local sheriff’s offices and police departments. The campaign begins Friday and runs through Sept. 3. It’s part of a nationwide effort to keep the roads safe.

The agencies have received $235,000 in federal grant funding through the Nebraska Department of Transportation. The grant money will allow agencies to pay for a collective 6,000 hours in overtime costs.

The patrol says 81 people died last year and 1,208 were injured in alcohol-related crashes in Nebraska.

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