COLUMBUS – The Columbus Police Department is getting set to participate in a statewide safety belt campaign which begins next week.
The CPD will be taking part in the “Click It Or Ticket” campaign, which is set to run from May 20th – June 2nd. The department said in a press release that it has been awarded a $3,000 grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety to pay for overtime enforcement, extra patrols, and traffic checkpoints.
A recent seat belt study in Columbus revealed only a 70% usage rate among passenger vehicle occupants, and the goal of the campaign is to raise the rate to over 88%. Studies have shown that the use of a seat belt can increase your chance of surviving a crash by up to 50%.
The CPD would like to remind the public of the new seat belt laws that went into effect this year, as the new changes raises the age limit to require all children less than eight years of age to be transported using a child restraint system. In addition, any child less than two years old must be in a rear-facing device until the child outgrows the height or weight requirements set forth by the manufacturer.