The annual Ralston Holiday Magic event was held on November 25, 2018. Although the carriage rides were cancelled due to the weather, families enjoyed the balloon artist, the juggler and the face painters at the Library. Kids were also able to view the unique Carrell Towne Village that is on display.
After taking part in the activities at the Library, kids visited with Santa at City Hall. There was caroling by the Ralston Community Theater and cookies, hot chocolate and candy canes.
Photos courtesy of Patricia Barone Photography
“You Drink and Drive, You Lose”
The Ralston Police Department is pleased to announce that the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety has approved an overtime grant of $3,000 for increased patrols starting December 14, 2018 and running through January 1, 2019.
The grant will pay for the Ralston Police Department to have additional officers working 69 hours of overtime on the streets during this grant period. Through saturated patrols and enforcement of all traffic laws, officers’ emphasis will be on recognizing and stopping impaired drivers. Officers will be cracking down on alcohol-related offenses such as Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs, Minor In Possession, Open Container, and .02 Violations.
Of the 210 deaths that occurred on Nebraska roads in 2017, 63 of them, 31.1%, were alcohol-related. The “You Drink and Drive, You Lose” crackdown is a national effort to reduce the number of motorists injured or killed due to alcohol-related crashes. This campaign will run through the Christmas and New Year holidays in response to the high number of vehicles traveling during these times.
The Ralston Police Department is proud to team up with the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety in their “You Drink and Drive, You Lose” campaign.
POC for this release is Deputy Chief Bryan Hanson, (402)-331-1786, firstname.lastname@example.org
"CLICK IT OR TICKET" CAMPAIGN RESULTS
The Ralston Police Department participated in the “Click It or Ticket” mobilization from November 21 to November 25, 2018. The Nebraska Department of Roads-Highway Safety Office provided funds of $1400.00 to pay officers’ overtime salary wages during this effort.
During this time, the police department had three officers working 30 hours of overtime in addition to the usual number of officers that were on duty. During this selective enforcement, officers made 84 traffic stops. The totals from the effort are as follows: Seat Belt Violations, 4 citations, Speeding, 8 citations, No Proof of Insurance, 6 citations, Driving Under Suspension, 4 arrests, as well as numerous other citations for miscellaneous offenses.
Officers arrested one driver for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol. This driver was arrested for DUI with a child under 16 years of age in the vehicle. One minor was arrested for MIP. In total, RPD officers issued 65 citations during the enforcement period.
Based on the data collected, the police department will be applying for future grants to assist with enforcement to increase restraint use in Ralston. Until that time, the police department will remain vigilant in this effort during normal patrol.
Tree Lighting in Town Square
Photo courtesy of Patricia Barone Photography
Holiday Magic in Ralston
The City of Ralston office and departments will close at NOON on Christmas Eve and be closed all day on Christmas Day so our employees can spend the Christmas holiday with their loved ones.
Ralston Snow Removal Requirements
Winter is here, and with it ice and snow. Be a good neighbor and make sure that after a winter storm you clear your sidewalk of ice and snow. In residential neighborhoods city ordinance requires ice and snow removal within 24 hours of the end of the weather event. In business districts, sidewalks should be cleared within five hours from the end of the storm or by 8:30 am if the storm ended overnight.
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