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Nebraska Injury Prevention Program
Motor Vehicle Safety

The Nebraska Injury Prevention Program works to make Nebraskans of all ages safer on our roads. This is done through implementation of evidence-based motor vehicle safety programs, policies and by establishing key statewide partnerships. 

Programs such as Nebraskans Saved by the Belt and Teens in the Driver Seat are being used to help reduce motor vehicle crash deaths and injuries.  Partners who are involved in the Drive Smart Nebraska Coalition are key to helping reduce this preventable cause of injury and death.

 
Drive Smart Nebraska (DSN) CoalitionDrive Smart Nebraska Logo
The Drive Smart Nebraska Coalition was convened by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Injury Prevention Program in August of 2012. The Drive Smart Nebraska Coalition is dedicated to eliminating injuries and deaths on Nebraska roads. Through a Coalition of public and private partners, we promote and carry out proven road safety policies and activities. Our vision is that all drivers and passengers are safe on Nebraska roads.
 
 
 
Teens in the Driver Seat (TDS)      
Teens in the Driver Seat logo
Teens in the Driver Seat
(TDS) is the nation’s first widespread, grassroots, peer-to-peer school-based program focused exclusively on teen driver safety. The TDS program is designed to address both teen awareness and behavior by turning peer pressure in a positive and productive direction. TDS focuses on the top five risks for teen drivers: 
  • Night time driving
  • Speeding
  • Distractions
  • Low seat belt use
  • Alcohol 
Since the inception of this program in Texas in 2002, there has been a 14.6 percent decrease in injury and fatal teen driver crashes in counties where TDS was implemented. Nebraska implemented this program for the first time during the 2013-2014 school year. The participating schools are:
  • Norfolk High Panther Octagon Club
  • Fullerton Public Schools Student Council
  • Howells-Dodge Consolidated Schools FCCLA
  • Scottsbluff High School FCCLA
  • Centura High School Student Council
  • Malcolm Public Schools Student Council
  • Gering High School Student Council
  • Lincoln Southwest FCCLA
  • Waverly High School FCCLA
  • Medicine Valley FCCLA
  • St. Edward Public School FCCLA
  • Chambers High FCCLA & National Honor Society
  • Exeter-Milligan FCCLA 
  • High Plains Community Schools FCCLA
  • Central Valley Public Schools FACS/FCCLA
  • David City High School STAY-U
  • Osmond Community School FCCLA
  • Twin River Public School FCCLA
  • Loup City High School Student Council
  • Riverside High School
Interested in becoming a Teens in the Driver Seat school and making a difference in your community? Fill out the 2016-2017 TDS Application 2016-2017
 
Learn more about TDS.
 
 
Results of Nebraska teen driver survey completed by students at TDS schools.
 
 
 
Partners supporting TDS are AAA Nebraska, Nebraska Office of Highway, Nebraska Safety Council, Nebraska Dept. of Health and Human Services and State Farm.


Driving the Right Message
 
Driving the Right Message
 
The Driving the Right Message campaign’s goal is to educate parents about the important role they play in keeping their teen safe at the wheel. With motor vehicle crashes being the leading cause of death for Nebraska’s teen drivers, parental involvement is crucial.  Parents who are supportive and involved with their teen driver can lower their teen’s crash risk by 50 percent.  Modeling safe driving practices such as always using a seat belt, no cell phone use and driving the speed limit also makes an impact.
 
 
 
Posters, public service announcements, and web banners are available below to use in your community to promote the importance of parental involvement in teen driver safety.
 
 
Seat Belts are no AccidentSeat Belts are No Accident Campaign 
 
The “Seat Belts Are No Accident” campaign goal is to increase seat belt use by reminding Nebraskans of the important people or things that they buckle up for. Seat belts have a purpose every time a person drives or rides in a vehicle.  Overall, only 79% of Nebraskans regularly use seatbelts.  Of fatal car crashes, more than half of the individuals that die are not wearing a seatbelt.  Seatbelts clearly save lives so increasing usage helps decrease both injury and death.
 
Seat Belts are No Accident
Seat Belts are No Accident
Seat Belts are No Accident
Seat Belts are No Accident
Fact Sheets, Reports and Campaign Materials
 
Posters, public service announcements, newspaper ads, web banners and other collateral materials are available below to use in your community to promote seat belt use.
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expand Document Type : Ads for Print ‎(6)
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expand Document Type : Public Service Announcements ‎(3)
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​Additional motor vehicle crash data can be found on the Nebraska Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES) website.

 

Links and Resources
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For questions contact:
 
Jeanne Bietz
Motor Vehicle Safety Coordinator
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
jeanne.bietz@nebraska.gov
402-471-0361

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