Heineman promotes safe travel over the weekend
(Lincoln, Neb.) Gov. Dave Heineman along with public safety officials are promoting safe travel ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. This is the eighth year the state has participated in the national "Click It or Ticket" safety campaign, which began May 21 and runs through June 3.
Heineman says the state experienced a slight increase in roadway deaths in 2012 and law enforcement is out to correct that trend.
Heineman notes many of the deaths can be attributed to the lack of seat belts and the summer campaign is dedicated to making sure motorists and their passengers buckle up every time on every trip.
To date in 2012, the state has recorded 65 traffic fatalities, an increase of eight deaths over this same period one-year ago. Of the 53 killed in motor vehicle crashes to date on Nebraska roads 42 were not wearing seat belts. The increase follows two straight years of reduced traffic fatalities with 181 traffic fatalities in 2011, marking a second all-time low.
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