Law enforcement agencies across Nebraska will join forces for the Thanksgiving holiday “Click It or Ticket’’ campaign to save lives by enforcing seat belt usage.
Fred Zwonechek, the Nebraska Highway Safety administrator, said 2013 statistics show once again that using seat belts saves lives and limits injuries.
Of the 152 people killed on Nebraska roads so far this year, “only 37 were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash,” Zwonechek said.
If the remaining 115 had been using seat belts, he said, a conservative estimate is that 57 would have survived, including many with minor injuries.
State troopers will work overtime from Monday through Dec. 1 as part of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign. A grant of more than $20,000 from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety will help pay for additional enforcement, said Deb Collins, spokeswoman for the Nebraska State Patrol.
Omaha police and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office are among the other agencies taking part in the campaign.
Besides the added enforcement, Nebraska State Patrol Motorist Assist volunteers in specially marked vans will be available to help stranded motorists along Interstate 80 from Omaha to Kearney.
Motorists are encouraged to pay special attention to weather and road conditions when preparing for holiday travel by dialing 511 or (800-906-9069) for advanced traveler information.