LINCOLN (AP) — Gov. Dave Heineman is urging Nebraska drivers to use caution over the Memorial Day holiday.
The governor said all drivers should buckle up when they get behind the wheel.
Nebraska saw 181 traffic fatalities in 2011, but driving deaths are up this year from a year ago.
Heineman said that of the 59 fatalities recorded through April this year, only eight of the 49 vehicle passengers were wearing seat belts.
Heineman said state law enforcement will again participate in the annual “Click It or Ticket” seat belt safety campaign, which begins ahead of Memorial Day weekend and continues through June 3. During that time, officers will conduct special enforcement operations that will include checking for seat belts use and proper child restraints.
Meanwhile, Heineman will be heading to a meeting with his fellow governors in Washington.
Heineman will attend the National Governor’s Association’s executive committee meeting Tuesday.
The Republican governor has served as the group’s chairman since July. He is serving a one-year term.
The current executive committee is made up of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire.
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