Campaign urges motorists to buckle up
Reducing serious injury and fatality crashes, increasing visibility and raising awareness during one of the busiest travel holidays are the goals of the Nebraska State Patrol’s participation in the national “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign, Nov. 24-30.
The special enforcement encompasses the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, one of the most heavily traveled time periods on our nation’s highways.
“It’s been a tough year on Nebraska roadways evidenced by the increase in traffic fatalities,” said Colonel David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol.
“Our troopers will be visible and available during this very busy travel time as they work to help keep travelers safe. We encourage all motorists to do their part by voluntarily complying with all traffic safety laws,” he said.
As of Monday, there have been 200 people killed on Nebraska roads. That compares with 184 roadway fatalities at this same time in 2013.
Of the 200 people killed, 169 died in motor vehicle crashes where occupant restraints were available. Of those 169 fatalities, 117 were not wearing a seat belt.
Thanks in part to an $18,000 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS), troopers and communication specialists will work overtime hours during the “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign.
Special enforcements, including a day-long initiative on Wednesday, Nov. 26 in the central and western parts of the state, will concentrate on reducing crash-causing behaviors such as failure to buckle up, speeding, following too closely and impaired or distracted driving.
Travelers wishing to report a reckless driver or anyone needing non-emergency roadside assistance should call the NSP Highway Helpline when safe to do so, at (star) *55 from any cellular phone or 1-800-525-5555 from any landline. Emergencies should be reported to 911.
Nebraska’s 511 Traveler Information System can be utilized to keep up to date with the latest weather and road conditions. Motorists can access 511 online www.511.nebraska.gov or by dialing 511 (800-906-9069) from any cellular phone when safe to do so.