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Effort to get Teen Drivers Buckled Up Continues

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April 5, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) - Reducing the potential for serious injury and fatality crashes involving teen drivers is the goal of an ongoing educational effort by the Nebraska State Patrol, with a focus on seat belts and young drivers.

With funding support from the Nebraska Department of Roads Highway Safety Office (NDOR-HSO) and other sources, troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol conducted more than 70 safety presentations from January through March, reaching nearly 24,000 people across the state. The NSP uses interactive equipment including its Rollover Simulator, Seat Belt Convincer, and Driving Simulator to spread the message that seat belts save lives, and to buckle up every time you drive or ride.

From April through June, troopers will continue their educational efforts utilizing grant funding from the Nebraska Department of Roads, Highway Safety Office.

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

“We are entering a busy and potentially dangerous time of year for our teen drivers,” said Colonel Brad Rice, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “Proms, graduations and summer celebrations are coming up, and we hope to reach as many groups as possible in an effort 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.###

Mike Meyer - Public Information
(402) 479-3501

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