LINCOLN – Over 400 motorists received assistance from troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol following a busy Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
According to a release from NSP, the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign saw troopers work overtime while responding to those in need of help during multiple winter storms across the state from Wednesday through Sunday.
Two major snow events covered Nebraska that made Thanksgiving travel difficult. State officials would like to thank the vast majority of drivers who followed the advice of NSP and the Nebraska Department of Transportation.
More than 30 law enforcement agencies across Nebraska took part in the “Click It or Ticket” enforcement operation. NSP’s operation was made possible thanks in part to a grant for $20,800 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office.
During the enforcement effort, troopers arrested 17 people for driving under the influence of alcohol. Troopers also issued citations for speeding (278), driving under suspension (28), open container (8), minor in possession (5), no proof of insurance (12), no seat belt (7) and improper child restraint (4). Troopers also performed 407 motorist assists, responded to 48 crashes and assisted other agencies with 78 events during the five-day period.
The Nebraska State Patrol wants to remind Nebraskans to always check the 511 before traveling moving through the winter months.
Motorists should also keep a winter weather survival kit in your vehicle as you travel. Some basic items to include are a First Aid Kit, phone charger, ice scraper, shovel, small bag of sand, flashlight with extra batteries, blankets or sleeping bags, extra clothing and winter accessories, jumper cables, tow rope, tool kit, matches, candles, red flag or bandana, high energy or dehydrated foods as well as and bottled water.