As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches and more drivers travel to see family and friends, the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office is reminding all drivers of the importance of seat belt use, each and every trip.
This annual campaign is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s national Click It or Ticket high-visibility enforcement effort that runs from November 16-29. Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep everyone on the road safe, the national seat belt campaign runs concurrent with this busy holiday season. “
During the Click It or Ticket campaign, we’ll be working with our fellow law enforcement officers across city, county and state lines to ensure the seat belt safety message gets out to all drivers and passengers,” said Chief Deputy Greg London. “In Nebraska, we know that 3 out of 10 occupants do not buckle up each and every trip. We see the results of not wearing a seat belt firsthand. Especially in Sarpy County, we see the loss of life and devastating injuries that could’ve been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt. We are asking everyone to take two seconds to make it click. Buckling up is more than just a good idea—it’s the law.”
The Click it or Ticket Campaign works in combination with the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office commitment to the Sarpy County Traffic Task Force, a multi-agency effort with the Bellevue Police Department, La Vista Police Department and Papillion Police Department. The goal of the Sarpy County Traffic Task Force is to create safer roadways in Sarpy County using enhanced enforcement and education of the rules of the road in Sarpy County.
According to the NDOT Highway Safety Office, in 2019, there were 122 (62%) unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in Nebraska. In comparison with other states, Nebraska has the 4th worst observed seat belt usage in the United States.
The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night.
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