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Driving Safety Focus of NSP at Midlands Auto Show

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January 26, 2017 (Omaha, Neb.)  — The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) will promote seat belt safety and community outreach during the Midlands International Auto Show, Thursday through Sunday, January 26-29, 2017, at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.

Visitors to the law enforcement booth will have the chance to try a driving simulator, ride the seat belt convincer, and see a demonstration of a rollover simulator, as they learn first-hand the role seat belts play in saving lives.

“Too many people have died in crashes on Nebraska roadways already this year because they weren’t buckled up,” said Colonel Brad Rice, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “Recent winter weather conditions across Nebraska have made travel hazardous by quickly changing weather, and emphasizes the need for buckling up and concentrating on the task of driving a vehicle. We hope people will stop by our booth at the auto show and experience how seat belts save lives.”

According to the Nebraska Department of Roads - Highway Safety Office (NHSO), in 2016, 176 of the 218 fatalities on Nebraska roads involved motor vehicle occupants. Of those 176 fatalities, 118 (67%) were not wearing seat belts.

Colonel Rice said, “Many of these are preventable deaths, but we can’t save lives without your help. Please do your part and buckle up, and never drive distracted or impaired.” ###

Mike Meyer-Public Information
(402) 479-3501

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