Memorial Day weekend is a very busy time on Nebraska roads. Today, Governor Pete Ricketts joined other officials in stressing the importance of safe driving throughout the summer months.
Nebraska State Patrol Colonel John Bolduc says, “This also begins the 100 Days of Summer which is a program where the State Patrol and other law enforcement will be focusing on traffic Safety. As the Governor mentioned we are going to see a lot of motorcycles out. We are also going to be part of the Ticket or Ticket Campaign so along with other police and sheriff’s departments we will be focusing on speed and seat belts.”
Colonel Bolduc says they drivers need to remember traffic safety, watch their speed, don’t drink and drive, wear your seatbelt and be mindful of motorcycles. He also wants to remind drivers of Nebraska’s Move Over Law. There will be more vehicles pulled over in the coming weeks so when you see an emergency or maintenance vehicle on the side of the road, move over and give them room.
AAA Nebraska Public Affairs Director Rose White says they predict this will be the busiest travel Memorial Day weekend since 2005. Over 41.5 million Americans will be traveling more than 50 miles from home this coming weekend. She also warns about infotainment systems in vehicles can be distractions. They remind drivers that at no time should driving be the secondary action while behind the wheel. If there is a passenger in the front seat they need to be the co-pilot and be the second set of eyes.