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NSP Continues Safety Education to Reduce Teen Crashes

October 10, 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 60 safety presentations from July through September, with
a focus on seat belts and teen drivers. The presentations included the Rollover Simulator, Seat Belt
Convincer, and Driving Simulator, reaching roughly 97,000 people with the message that seat belts
save lives.

 

From October through December, NSP will continue education 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.

 

“Now that schools are in full swing, Troopers have a great opportunity to spread valuable safety
messages across the state,” said Major Russ Stanczyk, Acting Superintendent of the Nebraska State
Patrol. “We look forward to hosting many events at schools and businesses throughout Nebraska to
demonstrate the importance of wearing seat belts and driving safely.”

 

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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