OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Now, and before hitting the road for your holiday trip, you'll want to keep an eye on your speedometer and make sure you're following all the rules of the road as Nebraska law enforcement agencies have stepped up traffic enforcement efforts.
The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) says the “Click It or Ticket” campaign is now in effect and will continue through Thanksgiving weekend to keep those traveling on state roadways safe.
“Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest travel seasons of the year,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “While your travel plans may be different this Thanksgiving, using your seat belt for every trip, even just across town, remains important.”
Funding for the campaign and the required staffing comes thanks to a grant from the Nebraska Department of Transportation and is part of a nationwide effort to cut down on roadway risks and deaths.
In 2019, NSP says about 63 percent of people who lost their lives in fatal traffic accidents on Nebraska roadways were not wearing their seat belts. NPS says the Nebraska Department of Transportation "estimates that seat belt use reduces the risk of fatal injury by 45 percent for front-seat passenger car occupants and by 60 percent for light truck occupants."
As inclement weather begins to become more likely, people are urged to plan ahead and keep an eye on weather and road conditions.
If you're traveling and need assistance or want to report a dangerous driver, you can contact NSP by dialing *55 or 800-525-5555.