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Crete PD reports on Click It or Ticket campaign

Crete Police participated in the national Click It or Ticket campaign from May 23-June 5.

From May 23 through June 5, 2022 the Crete Police Department conducted a high-visibility enforcement campaign in conjunction with the national Click It or Ticket event through the Memorial Day holiday. Prior to the event, officers observed 26% seatbelt use. After the event, officers noted 37% seatbelt use.

Crete Officers wrote a total of 52 citations, 86 warnings, and 48 equipment repair notices. Some of the citations include 5 for not wearing seatbelts, 25 for No Operator’s License and 5 each for Driving While Suspended and Driving While Revoked. Officers also arrested 3 drivers for Driving While Intoxicated.

Also during the grant period, officers arrested 10 individuals for a variety of offenses.

As of May 17, 73 people have been killed in vehicle crashes on Nebraska roads and only 23 were wearing seatbelts, a mere 31%, according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation. Thousands of lives could be saved each year if every person was properly restrained on the road.

Original post, May 17: 

During this year’s national Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign, May 23 - June 5, 2022, the Crete Police Department will be teaming up with law enforcement nationwide for a Border to Border (B2B) kickoff event. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is asking all states to participate in B2B, a one-day, four-hour national seat belt awareness event on May 23 to increase law enforcement participation by coordinating highly visible seat belt enforcement.

According to NHTSA, in 2019, there were 9,466 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. In that same year, 55 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement.

In Nebraska, the penalty for a seat belt violation is $25 and you increase your chance of a fatal injury by 45 percent. 

“With an increased number of cars flooding the roads due to the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, it’s imperative we get the word out about the importance of seat belt safety. In 2021, Nebraska lost 135 community members because they did not buckle their seat belts,” Bill Kovarik, NDOT Highway Safety Administrator said. Over twice as many males were killed in crashes as compared to females, with lower belt use rates, too.

Help us spread this lifesaving message before one more friend or family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction. Seat belts save lives, and everyone — front seat and back, child and adult, — needs to remember to buckle up. For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization please visit NHTSA.