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Seat Belt Usage Focus of Safety Education

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Seat Belt Usage Focus of Safety Education

September 28, 2016 (Lincoln, Neb.)  —  Reducing the potential for serious injury and fatality crashes involving teen drivers is the goal of a continuing educational effort by the Nebraska State Patrol with a focus on seat belts and youthful drivers.

From July through September, troopers utilized the Rollover Simulator, Seat Belt Convincer and Driving Simulator to conduct more than 100 safety presentations reaching some 55,000 people across the state with the message that seat belts save lives, always buckle up.

Beginning in October and running through December, troopers will continue their educational efforts utilizing grant funding from the Nebraska Department of Roads, Highway Safety Office.

In 2015, teen drivers (ages 19 & younger) in Nebraska were involved in 27% of all single vehicle rollover crashes. Statistics show wearing your seat belt can reduce the risk of fatal injury in a rollover crash by 70 percent.

“This grant helps us to get out into the community and reach our young drivers with a very important safety message,” said Colonel Brad Rice, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “By engaging our young people in their own environment we hope to drive home the important role seat belts play in saving lives.”

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

Deb Collins-Public Information Coordinator
(402) 479-4985
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