State troopers were busy during the Thanksgiving weekend, assisting more than 400 motorists in need and responding to nearly 50 crashes.

Law enforcement agencies also conducted the annual “Click It or Ticket” enforcement.

In working overtime Nov. 27-Dec. 1, the Nebraska State Patrol also helped other agencies with 78 events, NSP spokesman Cody Thomas said Monday.

Two major snow events covered much of Nebraska, NSP Superintendent Col. John Bolduc said. He thanked the drivers who heeded advice and rescheduled their plans.

“Adjusting travel plans to avoid the worst conditions undoubtedly prevented dangerous situations,” Bolduc said.

The weekend marked the annual Thanksgiving “Click It or Ticket” campaign, where troopers enforce the seat belt law. More than 30 law enforcement agencies across the state participated, Thomas said.

During the click it or ticket checks, Thomas said state troopers arrested 17 people for driving under the influence of alcohol.

They 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)

• Improper child restraint (4).

Bolduc advises motorists to check 511 before they travel.

“Our partners at the Department of Transportation deserve tremendous credit for their work this weekend to get Nebraska moving again during back-to-back winter storms,” he said.

Motorists should also keep a winter weather survival kit in the vehicle. 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, and bottled water.

NSP’s click it or ticket operation was made possible thanks in part to a grant for $20,800 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office, Thomas said.