Troopers continue safety education for teen drivers

Trooper Dave Nelson (left) and Trooper Kevin Chase (right) with several students at Marian High School in Omaha.
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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska State Patrol is continuing to help teach teen drivers about safe driving.

Troopers gave more than 200 safety presentations throughout Nebraska from January through March, NSP said. Presentations at 52 of those events were funded through grants from NDOT-HSO, including presentations at schools, churches, businesses, community centers, the Midlands International Auto Show, and at Nebraska basketball games. NSP said their presentations reached an estimated 65,000 people.

“The early part of every year brings great opportunity for our Community Service Officers and other troopers to connect with students about seat belt use and the dangers of distracted driving,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “As we near the end of the school year, we will continue to spread that message and encourage young drivers to practice safe driving.”

Troopers are continuing the effort to bring valuable safety information to young drivers with more programs running from April through June of 2018. The presentations include demonstrations of how seat belts can save lives. Troopers use the Rollover Simulator, Seat Belt Convincer, the Persuader, and Driving Simulator.

According to NDOT-HSO, 100 percent of teens who lost their life in crashes in 2016 were not wearing their seat belt. Teen drivers 16-20 also represent the highest number of unbelted fatalities, compared to other age groups.

Those interested in scheduling a safety presentation can visit the Community Policing/Safety Programs page of the NSP website for information.