Today, Gov. Dave Heineman was joined by Nebraska law enforcement, and public safety officials, to promote safe travel and the "Click It or Ticket' initiative. This is the 10th year the state has participated in the national safety campaign, which began May 19 and runs through June 1.
"Roadway safety is a shared responsibility," said Gov. Heineman. "We need everyone's help in reducing the number of fatal crashes on our roadways. It is critical that all motorists and their passengers buckle up every time on every trip."
So far in 2014, the state has recorded 74 traffic fatalities, compared to 73 deaths recorded during this same period one-year ago. Of the 67 people killed in passenger vehicle crashes on Nebraska roadways 49 were not wearing seat belts.
"Too many people are dying on Nebraska roads because they aren't buckling up," said Col. David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. Motorists can partner with law enforcement to help save lives by wearing their seat belt, obeying the posted speed limits, and never drive impaired or distracted."
In addition to the Nebraska State Patrol, the "Click It or Ticket' enforcement mobilization involves 30 county sheriff's departments and 27 community police departments from across the state providing more than 9,200 hours of additional traffic enforcement emphasizing the use of seat belts and proper child restraints.
In conjunction with enforcement efforts, a multi-media campaign will remind motorists to "Get Your Belt On" and to "Click It or Ticket". Road construction projects typically increase during summer months. Drivers are encouraged to pay extra attention in work zones and to remember that fines for infractions double when workers are present.
"After you've buckled up and set aside tempting distractions, your job behind the wheel is to stay alert, and watch the road," said Randy Peters, Director of the Nebraska Department of Roads. "Highway work zones are an essential part of maintaining and improving our highways. When you're behind the wheel, you make the difference. Please, slowdown in work zones."
With the Memorial Day weekend seen as the start of the summer travel season, motorists are reminded that Nebraska law requires drivers to move over for emergency vehicles.