The Nebraska State Patrol will collaborate with dozens of other law enforcement agencies throughout Nebraska during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to enforce the use of seat belts / restraints.

“Yesterday we had our first major snowfall of the season for much of Nebraska and today marks one of the busiest travel days of the year,” NSP Superintendent Col. Bolduc said Wednesday. “In the aftermath of yesterday’s storm, drivers should plan ahead, take extra travel time and take it slow on any roadway affected by snow or ice. Troopers are on the road and ready to help in the event you need assistance.”

Troopers will work overtime from Wednesday, Nov. 27, through Sunday, Dec. 1, as part of the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign. The campaign involves law enforcement agencies across the country, including more than 30 in Nebraska.

“Our troopers will be working diligently in all parts of the state,” said Bolduc. “We want Nebraskans and our visitors to remain safe on the roads. A major component of that goal is seat belt use.”

Travelers are encouraged to voluntarily follow traffic safety laws, avoid distracted driving, have a sober driver, and always wear a seat belt. Drivers should also check road conditions before traveling by using Nebraska’s 511 system.

In 2018, 66% of the people who lost their lives in passenger vehicle crashes in Nebraska were not wearing a seat belt.

The “Click It or Ticket” campaign encompasses both enforcement efforts through high-visibility patrols and educational efforts designed to encourage seat belt use.

The “Click It or Ticket” campaign in Nebraska is made possible thanks in part to a grant for $20,800 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office.