Memorial Day travel safety

Posted By: Kelsey Murphy

It’s shaping up to be the busiest travel time of the summer.

Next time you get in the car officials want you to think about this statistic, a seat belt can improve your chance of surviving a wreck by 50 percent.

As we’ve seen time and time before rollover crashes can be devastating. A demonstration shows the consequences of not wearing a seat belt.

“He is starting to fly around inside and there he is he came out,” State Patrol Officer said.

When properly secured, the difference is often life saving. Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska State Patrol are expressing travel concerns for this weekend.

“Nobody plans on being in an accident and that is why it is important to buckle up each and every time you get in a vehicle,” Ricketts said.

Planned or not, accidents happen. According to the State Patrol, traffic deaths have spiked 50 percent so far this year, compared to this time last year. In just five months, 70 people have been killed in car crashes, 55 of them were not wearing a seatbelt.

“It’s a real tragedy when you think about how easy it is to put your seat belt on, “Col. Brad Rice, Nebraska State Patrol, said.

Nebraska is participating in the national campaign “Click it or Ticket,” it kicked off on May 18th and runs through the 31st. Local law enforcement are paying close attention to traffic violators. They will put in an additional 75,000 hours of traffic enforcement. It is time troopers say, is well worth it.

“Help us by helping by helping yourself, by taking the extra second to put a seat belt on,” Brad Rice, Nebraska State Patrol, said.

The Nebraska Department of Roads also wants you to use extra caution in construction areas. With nearly one-hundred projects in progress, keep your safety and the road workers safety in mind.