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Safety Education Focuses on Need to Buckle Up

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Contact: Deb Collins 402-479-4985
July 5, 2016


Safety Education Focuses on the Need to Buckle Up

(Lincoln, Neb.)- In an effort to reduce the potential or serious injury and fatality crashes involving youthful drivers the Nebraska State Patrol will continue to provide educational programs focusing on seat belts and teen drivers.

From April through June, troopers utilized the Rollover Simulator, Seat Belt Convincer and Driving Simulator to conduct more than 100 safety presentations reaching some 30,000 people across the state with the message that seat belt save lives, always buckle up.

Beginning in July and running through September, the troopers will continue their educational efforts utilizing grant funding from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).

According to the Nebraska Strategic Highway Safety Plan, teen drivers between 16-20 years of age represent the highest number of unbelted fatalities. More than half of young drivers involved in a fatal crash were not wearing seat belts.

“We believe enforcement and education go hand in hand,” said Colonel Brad Rice, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “By getting out in the public and showing the dangers associated with not wearing your seat belt, we hope to encourage voluntary compliance and save lives in the process.”

Those interested in scheduling a safety presentation can visit the Community Policing/Safety Programs of the Nebraska State Patrol website for information on scheduling a safety demonstration. ###



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