The Nebraska State Patrol will be busy over the holiday weekend with increased enforcement of their "Click It or Ticket" campaign.
The enforcement campaign's goals are to reduce serious injury and fatality crashes, increase visibility and raise awareness of seat belt usage. The special enforcement will run November 19-25 over the Thanksgiving holiday, one of the most heavy time periods for travel.
"Fatalities are up inNebraska," said Colonel David Sankey, superintendent of the Nebraska StatePatrol. "The sad thing is it doesn't need to be this way. When we look at thenumbers, we see that the lack of seat belt usage has significantly contributedto the increase in roadways deaths. Don't become a statistic, buckle-up, everytrip, every time."
As of November 15, there havebeen 183 people killed in Nebraska accidents in 2012. That compares with 159roadway fatalities at this same time in 2011. Of the 183 people killed, 144people where in vehicles with seatbelts, but only 51 of those people were wearing a seatbelt.
Thanks in part to a $24,600grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety, troopers andcommunication specialists will work overtime hours during the "Click It orTicket" enforcement campaign.
The special enforcement effortwill concentrate on reducing crash causing behaviors such as failure tobuckle-up, speeding, following too closely and impaired or distracted driving.
Travelers wishing to report areckless or impaired driver, or anyone needing non-emergency roadside assistanceshould call the NSP Highway Helpline when safe to do so, at (star) *55 from anycellular phone or 1-800-525-5555 from any landline. Motorists wanting weatheror road construction information should dial 511 or log on the NebraskaAdvanced Traveler Information System website at www.511.nebraska.gov.