A grant-funded program to put more sheriffs’ deputies on patrol during the July 4 holiday will deter speeding and round up criminals, if things go like they did last year, Sgt. Larry Meyer told the Lincoln County commissioners Monday. Last year during a long weekend of extra enforcement, 10 people were cited for speeding, two for drug possession and three for minor in possession. One driver was driving on a suspended license and another was under the influence, and one motorist was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Meyer said,
Meyer said deputies worked 104.5 extra hours and made 122 contacts with motorists during the July 4 weekend a year ago.
“We have a bunch of great young deputies out on the road who do a great job,” he said.
The year, Meyer wants to double the operation. Since July 4 is on a Tuesday this year, Meyer hopes to put extra enforcement on the roads from June 30-July 9, covering two weekends.
He is asking for a grant of $8,400 from the Nebraska Department of Highway Safety. That would be twice as much as last year.
In terms of money, fines collected a year ago paid half the costs of the extra enforcement. He said a couple of speeding tickets last year carried fines and/or costs of $300, which would have been for traveling 21 mph or more above the speed limit, according the state schedule of speeding fines.
The commissioners approved the grant request.
"That is a pretty good return for the dollars spent," Commissioner Bill Henry said. "They stop a lot of potentially bad things."