Nebraska State Patrol Cruiser in Snow

LINCOLN - The Nebraska State Patrol is again ramping up roadway enforcement this Thanksgiving holiday, focusing on seat belt use.

The patrol is taking part in a nationwide "Click It or Ticket" campaign for the holiday weekend.

Public Relations Director Cody Thomas says seat belts save lives and it’s very important that you buckle up before heading to your destination.

"Anytime we have significant weather events especially in these winter weather type of events that we've seen in the last couple of days across much of the state of Nebraska, we want people want to practice what we call safe winter driving. Really the seat belt message is a year-round thing. Every time you get in the car it should be a habit. You should always get in and immediately buckle up and then you can get moving on your way."

Thomas says in 2018, 66-percent of the people who lost their lives in passenger vehicle crashes in Nebraska were not wearing a seat belt.

The “Click It or Ticket” campaign is made possible thanks in part to a grant for $20,800 from the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office.

In other news

OGALLALA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is delaying action on a set of restrictions that would drastically limit overnight campers and beachgoers at Nebraska's largest reservoir, Lake McConaughy in western Nebraska.Commission Director Jim Douglas said Saturday that addit…

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A state lawmaker who has fought for years to restrict human trafficking in Nebraska is now trying to hit traffickers in the wallet with a proposed sales tax on dating and escort services.The bill introduced would eliminate a sales tax exemption for the services, which in…

LARNED, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says a Nebraska man involved in a fight with a sheriff's deputy who fired shots at him has been arrested.Authorities say the shooting happened early Saturday following a traffic stop near the west-central Kansas town of Larned.A KBI news…

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Want to try your hand at waterfowl or turkey hunting, but leery of the expense of buying blinds and decoys?The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has a solution. UNL's Outdoor Adventure Center is now offering that equipment for rent to the public. Rentals had previously been…

HERSHEY, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Patrol says a winter storm that raked the state Friday snarled traffic for hundreds of drivers and caused at least one death on Interstate 80.The patrol says that driver was killed around 11:30 a.m. Friday when the pickup truck he was driving eastbound…

ELMWOOD, Neb. (AP) — Authorities in southeastern Nebraska say two Elmwood men accused of repeatedly throwing a dog into an ice-covered lake have been charged with animal cruelty.The Gosper County Sheriff's Office says 28-year-old James Pollock and 19-year-old Austin Vanburen were charged Jan…

MADISON - The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has been receiving numerous phone calls, from citizens in Madison County, of an individual claiming to be a deputy with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.