LINCOLN — As travel ramps up over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, troopers will be on patrol, working to keep Nebraska roads safe.
“We are expecting a big increase in roadway travel for Thanksgiving, as many people are hitting the road to visit family and friends,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “As families gather across our state, let’s all work together to make sure this Thanksgiving is remembered for those joyous events, rather than a tragedy on the road.”
AAA announced earlier this month that it is projecting the largest single-year increase in Thanksgiving travel since 2005. The vast majority of those travelers will be using the road to reach their destination.
The Nebraska State Patrol and numerous other law enforcement agencies throughout Nebraska are participating in the annual “Click it or Ticket” campaign. The campaign runs from Wednesday, November 24 through Sunday, November 28. This effort is made possible thanks in part to a grant for $25,500 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office.
“Troopers will be on the road throughout the entire state this weekend, working overtime to assist motorists and maintain safe roadways for everyone on the road,” said Colonel Bolduc. “We encourage all drivers to follow traffic safety laws, avoid distractions, and buckle up, every trip and every time.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 279 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in crashes around the country during the 2019 Thanksgiving weekend. More than half were not wearing a seat belt. For more information about traveling safely this Thanksgiving, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/seat-belts.
Any motorist in need of assistance can call *55 or 800-525-5555 to reach the NSP Highway Helpline, 24 hours per day.