Motor Vehicle Safety

Health Promotion
Public Health

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What you need to know

Motor vehicle safety is the use of education, partnerships and evidence based programs to promote safety on roads. Topics can include: 

  • Seat belt use
  • Distracted driving
  • Child passenger safety
  • Teen driver safety
  • Driving impaired (alcohol and other drugs)
  • Drowsy driving and
  • Pedestrian safety. 

Drive Smart Nebraska Coalition

The Drive Smart Nebraska Coalition is dedicated to eliminating injuries and deaths on Nebraska roads. Through public and private partners, DSN promotes and carries out proven road safety policies and activities.

Teens in the Driver Seat (TDS)

Teens in the Driver Seat is a free program offered to Nebraska schools. The program provides free materials and help in carrying out activities. TDS has shown a decrease in 16 of the 17 risky driving behaviors surveyed.  More information about the success of TDS can be found on the trend report.

TDS focuses on the top five risks for teen drivers: 

  • Night time driving
  • Speeding
  • Distractions
  • Low seat belt use
  • Alcohol/Drug Impairment 
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Does your school want to participate in TDS?

Learn more about TDS on the TDS website and with this Nebraska TDS information sheet.

Fill out the 2018-2019 application to be considered as a TDS school.

Driving the Right Message

Parents play a key role in keeping their teen safe at the wheel. Parents who are supportive, involved and enforce driving restrictions can lower their teen's crash risk by 50 percent. 

Teens with involved parents/guardians are:

  • Twice as likely to use their seat belt,
  • 70 percent less likely to drink and drive,
  • Half as likely to speed,
  • 30 percent less likely to use a cell phone while driving and
  • Significantly less likely to drive with multiple passengers.
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Keep your teen safer behind the wheel; complete a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement to set driving expectations and rules.

Graduated Driver Licensing

Click here for a summary of Nebraska's GDL driving restrictions for teens 14 to 17 years of age.

Read more about the four types of driving permits.

Other ways to increase motor vehicle safety

There are proven public health strategies that can be implemented to reach the Toward Zero Deaths goal on Nebraska's roads.  These guides provide traffic safety advocates and communities summarized data and proven interventions to reduce the state's motor vehicle related crashes, injuries, and deaths.  Topics covered are:


Jeanne Bietz
Motor Vehicle Safety Coordinator
Division of Public Health
Phone Number
(402) 471-0361
Mailing Address
301 Centennial Mall South,Lincoln, Nebraska 68509