Thanksgiving ‘Click Or Ticket’ Campaign Underway

Thanksgiving ‘Click Or Ticket’ Campaign Underway
Courtesy of NSP.

LINCOLN – With the holiday season approaching, the Nebraska State Patrol is joining law enforcement agencies throughout the United States to keep travelers safe.

According to a release from NSP, the “Click It or Ticket” event began on Monday, November 16 and will run through Thanksgiving weekend.

Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest travel seasons of the year. While travel plans may be different this Thanksgiving, using your seat belt for every trip, even just across town, remains important.

“Click It or Ticket” is a national effort for law enforcement agencies, in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In Nebraska, dozens of local law enforcement agencies join NSP in the effort, which is made possible thanks, in part, to grant funding from the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office (NDOT-HSO). NSP’s portion of NDOT-HSO grant funding is $25,000.

In 2019, 63 percent of people who lost their lives in passenger vehicle crashes in Nebraska were not wearing a seat belt. NDOT 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.

NSP officials state, the stats are clear: seat belts save lives. Throughout the Thanksgiving season, troopers will be on patrol to keep Nebraska roads safe. But all motorists have a role to play by following traffic safety laws, avoiding distractions and wearing a seat belt.

During the winter driving season, travelers are advised to stay up to date on the forecast and check road conditions in the event of inclement weather. Nebraska’s 511 system is available online, on the phone, and through the Nebraska 511 app. Any motorist can also call *55 or 800-525-5555 to reach the NSP Highway Helpline for assistance or to report a dangerous driver.