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NSP Continuing Safety Education Works to Reduce Teen Crashes

JULY 3, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.)  — The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP), in conjunction with partners at the Nebraska
Department of Transportation, continues efforts to educate youth on safe driving.

Troopers throughout Nebraska conducted 90 safety presentations from April through June, with a focus on seat
belts and teen drivers. The presentations included the Rollover Simulator, Seat Belt Convincer and Driving
Simulator, reaching roughly 30,000 people with the message that seat belts save lives.

Beginning in July and running through September, NSP will continue educational efforts utilizing grant funding
from the Nebraska Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office (NDOT-HSO).

According to the Nebraska Strategic Highway Safety Plan, teen drivers ages 16-20 represent the highest number
of unbelted fatalities. More than half of young drivers involved in a fatal crash were not wearing seat belts, with
males representing 68% of young, unbelted drivers.

“We’re in the midst of the summer driving season, so continuing NSP’s education efforts throughout the state is
critical,” said Major Russ Stanczyk, Acting Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “The programs run by
our troopers show the importance of wearing your seat belt and encourage safe driving. That information,
along with following traffic laws, could save lives.”

Those interested in scheduling a safety presentation can visit the Community Policing/Safety Programs page
of the NSP website for information.

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Contact:
Cody Thomas – Public Relations Director
(402) 479-4985

                                                                                                                                                        

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