A driving under the influence checkpoint will kick off a local “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign from Aug. 16 through Sept. 2.

Madison County Sheriff Todd Volk said his department will set up a checkpoint beginning Aug. 16 from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Cowboy Trail parking lot, located on Railroad Road.

This area is commonly known as Broken Bridge Road, which is located between 49th and 45th Street, west of Norfolk.

Volk said in a press release that the mission is to have a high visibility checkpoint and patrols to hold impaired drivers accountable.

Last year, 33% of Nebraska’s fatal crashes involved alcohol. That number was a 30% increase over 2017.

In other news

STANTON — The Stanton County Sheriff’s Office has recovered a stolen Yamaha ATV that was taken earlier this month from a rural location between Stanton and Pilger.

STANTON — A 41-year-old Woodland Park man was sentenced to a total of 15 months in the Stanton County jail following his conviction for obstructing a police officer, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

STANTON — The Stanton County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate a one-vehicle traffic accident that claimed the life of a 24-year-old Stanton man.

An open house is scheduled for next week to honor Kent Warneke on his retirement from journalism on a full-time basis.