Lincoln, Ne. — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) continue their efforts to reduce teen crashes in Nebraska. Working in conjunction with partners at the Nebraska Department of Transportation – Highway Safety Office (NDOT-HSO), troopers give hundreds of safety presentations to youth across Nebraska.
From October through December, troopers throughout Nebraska gave more than 250 safety presentations. 71 of those events were funded through grants from NDOT-HSO, including presentations at schools, businesses, churches, community centers, and Friday Night Lights high school football games. Those presentations reached roughly 35,000 people. For all of 2017, Troopers reached an estimated 210,000 people with safety presentations.
Troopers will continue offering safety presentations from January through March of 2018, delivering the message that seat belts save lives. The presentations include the Rollover Simulator, the Seat Belt Convincer, the Persuader, and the Driving Simulator.
“Our Community Service Officers and other Troopers who give these presentations deliver an important message to people who need to hear it,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “If we can instill safe-driving habits in these new drivers, it will positively affect how they drive for decades to come.”
According to the Nebraska Strategic Highway Safety Plan, teen drivers ages 16-20 represent the highest number of unbelted fatalities. Those interested in scheduling a safety presentation can visit the Community Policing/Safety Programs page of the NSP website for information.