The Ralston Police Department will join local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates across the country for the 2020 national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement mobilization, May 18–31, 2020. The Nebraska Department of Roads Highway Safety Office has approved an overtime grant for the Ralston Police Department to conduct increased patrols during this time frame.
During the mobilization, officers will be focusing on motorists who fail to wear their seat belts-both day and night. The grant will pay for approximately 61 overtime hours for officers to concentrate on traffic enforcement, with special emphasis on speeding, seat belt, and child restraint violations.
In 2019, 248 occupants in motor vehicles died in traffic crashes in Nebraska, however, many thousands more were injured. Their deaths and injuries could have been substantially reduced with the use of seatbelts.
Faced with the fact that injury or deaths can be reduced by 45 to 50 percent if seatbelts are used, it is imperative that a concentrated effort toward seatbelt use is aggressively pursued.
The Ralston Police Department is proud to team up with Nebraska Office of Highway Safety in their “Click It or Ticket” campaign. With this partnership, we are striving to increase safety belt usage in Nebraska from 85.5% to 88.1% by the end of the year.
Law enforcement will be cracking down on violators around the clock during this time. Local motorists should buckle up. If law enforcement finds you on the road unbuckled anytime or anywhere, you can expect to get a ticket, not a warning. No excuses and no exceptions.
Remember this May 18 through May 31: It’s “Click It or Ticket.” Buckle up and encourage your loved ones to do the same. You’ll save the cost of a ticket and may even save a life.
Contact Information: Deputy Chief Bryan Hanson, 402-331-1786, [email protected]