Posted 2 years ago

By Post Staff

Trooper Buck L Up - standingThe newest member of the Nebraska State Patrol has been assigned to seat belt duty. Trooper Buck L. Up joins the inflatable Trooper Ted as the Patrol’s second mascot.

Patrol commander Col. David Sankey pinned a badge on Trooper Buck L Up Monday  morning  at the State Fair in Grand Island.

Col Sankey says the new man “will be used by our troopers across the state, promoting our agency’s mission of saving lives on Nebraska roads” and encouraging people to wear their seat belts, “every trip, every time.”

Buck L Up was created by Street Characters Inc. at a cost of $9,000 and purchased for the patrol by the Nebraska State Patrol Foundation, thanks to a grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation.

The Patrol’s Community Service Officers (CSO’s) will manage Trooper Buck’s schedule as they utilize his fun presence during safety presentations at community and organizational events across the state.

Colonel Sankey says “From the detail on his uniform to his name, it is our hope Trooper Buck will engage the young and the young at heart, as we work to encourage everyone to wear their seat belt, every trip every time”