Custer County Sheriff’s Office Release
The Custer County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the “Click It or Ticket” mobilization.
This event takes place from November 24th to November 28th, 2021. During this week the Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement agencies nationwide will issue citations to anyone found not wearing a safety belt. The goal of the Click It or Ticket mobilization is to stress the importance of safety belts.
Motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Wearing a safety belt reduces your chance of injury or death in an automobile crash by about 50%. Every hour someone in America dies due to an automobile crash, this could be reduced if safety belts were in use.
Nebraska Statute 60-7,267 states:
1) Any person in Nebraska who drives any motor vehicle which has or is required to have an occupant protection system or a three-point safety belt system shall ensure that all children up to eight years of age being transported by such vehicle (a) use a child passenger restraint system of a type which meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 as developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as such standard existed on January 1, 2009, and which is correctly installed in such vehicle and (b) occupy a seat or seats, other than a front seat, if such seat or seats are so equipped with such passenger restraint system and such seat or seats are not already occupied by a child or children under eight years of age. In addition, all children up to two years of age shall use a rear-facing child passenger restraint system until the child outgrows the child passenger restraint system manufacturer's maximum allowable height or weight.
(2) Any person in Nebraska who drives any motor vehicle which has or is required to have an occupant protection system or a three-point safety belt system shall ensure that all children eight years of age and less than eighteen years of age being transported by such vehicle use an occupant protection system.
A simple click is all it takes to help keep you and your passengers safe while driving your vehicle. The Custer County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind people of the dangers of not wearing a safety belt. Please buckle up the next time you drive.
Broken Bow Police Department Release
The Broken Bow Police Department is reminding drivers about the lifesaving benefits of wearing a seat belt this fall, during the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) national “Buckle Up, Every Trip, Every Time” high-visibility enforcement effort. The national seat belt campaign, which coincides with the Thanksgiving holiday, runs from November 24 through November 28, 2021.
According to the NDOT Highway Safety Office, in 2020, there were 132 (78%) unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in Nebraska. In comparison with other states, Nebraska has the 4th worst observed seat belt usage in the United States. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In Nebraska, the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is $25.00.
Chief Steve Scott from the Broken Bow Police Department said: “If you know a friend or a family member who does not buckle up when they drive, please ask them to consider changing their habits. Help us spread this life-saving message before more friends or family members are 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.”