The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) participated in the nationwide Click It or Ticket campaign which ran from May 21 through June 3. During that time period, there was increased patrol. The extra patrol time was possible through a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS). This grant allowed FCSO) deputies to work extra time in order to increase the enforcement of traffic laws and specifically increase patrol for seat belt enforcement. The extra time worked by deputies will be paid for by the NOHS.
During the enforcement dates, 29 citations wee issued. There were two arrests made. One arrest was for driving under the influence of alcohol and one arrest was for driving under suspension, which also included a charge of no proof of insurance. Twenty-one citations were for speeding, two citations for no operator’s license, one citation for driving left of center, one citation for no child restraint, one citation for driving under revocation which also included a speeding violation along with the revocation, one citation for minor in possession of alcohol, open alcohol container and possession of drug paraphernalia, and one citation for procuring alcohol to a minor, open alcohol container and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, there were 126 warning issued.
Prior to the date of May 21, the FCSO conducted a survey in Fillmore County on seat belt usage. It was found that out of 100 vehicles observed, 53 percent of driving were wearing their seat belts.
A post enforcement survey was conducted at the same location with 100 vehicles observed in Fillmore County and it was found that seat belt usage rose to 68 percent of drivers wearing their seat belts.