LINCOLN – As travelers drive across Nebraska this summer, law enforcement leaders from several agencies are joining traffic safety officials to encourage safe driving.
According to a release from the Nebraska State Patrol, troopers with NSP and dozens of other law enforcement agencies are participating in the annual ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign. The initiative covers the weeks surrounding Memorial Day, which marks the start of the summer driving season.
NSP troopers respond to crashes across the state and unfortunately some of those involve fatalities. In many cases, a seat belt could have made the difference between life and death.
The ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign runs from Monday, May 23 through Sunday, June 5. Troopers and dispatchers will be working overtime as part of the effort, thanks in part to a grant for $24,780 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office.
NSP officials state buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself and all of your passengers in a crash. Troopers believe there’s someone counting on you to buckle up every time and to come back alive and safe.
According to NDOT-HSO, Nebraska ranks 4th worst in the United States in seat belt usage, at 81%. The national average is over 90%.