(Neb)-Click It Or Ticket Over Thanksgiving Listen
Today is the start of the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend, at least from a travel standpoint, and the roads were already set to be crowded before this week's storms across the country backed things up even more.
AAA is predicting 55-million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home, up 1.6-million or 2.9% more than last year and the second-highest total for the holiday since the auto club began tracking the total in 2000. The vast majority of them, 49.3-million, will be going by car, 2.8% more than a year and the most since 2005.
Today is also the start of the latest edition of the nationwide Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign, which runs through Sunday,.Click It or Ticket puts additional officers on the streets in an enforcement and public awareness campaign emphasizing the life-saving benefits of wearing a seat belt.
The Nebraska Highway Safety Office, part of the Dept of Transportation, is again providing grants to the Nebraska State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies to cover the overtime costs of putting more officers on the road for the holiday.
State Highway Safety Administrator Mark Segerstrom came to the Panhandle yesterday for a kickoff ceremony at the Scottsbluff Public Safety Building. Segerstrom talked briefly about how important seat belts are at times like this.
Segerstrom was joined by the leaders of four Scottsbluff-area emergency services agencies: Scottsbluff Police Captain Brian Wasson, Nebraska State Patrol Captain Kurt Von Minden, Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman, and Scottsbluff Fire Chief Thomas Schingle.
Each of the first-responders cited personal experience with rolling out on traffic accidents where using a seat belt made the difference between life and death. Captain Von Minden, who was stationed in Chadron early in career, said winter weather makes seat belt use even more important.
Statistics show that the vast majority of traffic fatalities where the victim was in a vehicle could be prevented by seat belts - 2/3rds of those who died in crashes in Nebraska last year were not wearing seat belts and 83% of individuals totally ejected in crashes died.
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