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Law enforcement encourage safe driving over summer

Nebraska State Patrol and other partners are encouraging drivers to wear their seat belts, watch their speed and keep safety in mind while on the road.
Published: May. 19, 2022 at 10:45 PM CDT|Updated: May. 20, 2022 at 8:25 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KSNB) - The start of the summer is upon us and law enforcement, along with other community officers, shared a combined message to Nebraska on Thursday.

Colonel John Buldoc with the Nebraska State Patrol stated that now is the time to plan for travel safety.

The summer driving season is often called the “100 deadliest days” because of the fatalities we see throughout the country on the road and law enforcement officers are trying to reverse that with the “Click it or Ticket” campaign.

“Seat belts save lives, it’s a two-second action that greatly increases the safety factor when you get behind the wheel,” Colonel Buldoc said.

Last year, Nebraska was able to buck the trend and actually have a decrease in roadway fatalities.

Although this year we have not been so fortunate. John Selmer of the Nebraska Department of Transportation said we’ve already seen more than a 30% increase in fatalities compared to last year.

“What’s tragic about that is we might approach the number of 300 traffic fatalities this year, if that trend does not decrease,” Selmer said.

Colonel Buldoc added, “So, buckle up, put your phone down, follow the speed limit, always drive sober, and travel safely this summer.”

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