Motor Vehicle

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.


Public Health Strategies for Motor Vehicle SafetyPublic Health Strategies for Motor Vehicle Safety
There are many proven public health strategies that can be implemented to reach the Toward Zero Deaths goal on Nebraska’s roadways.  To guide traffic safety advocates and communities in their efforts to reduce the state’s traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities, strategies have been summarized and are on the Public Health Strategies for Motor Vehicle Safety web page.
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 in 5 high schools for the first time during the 2013-2014 school year. There are several high schools in Nebraska participing in the program. View the map for the locations of the schools. 
Interested in becoming a Teens in the Driver Seat school and making a difference in your community? Fill out the 2017-2018 TDS Application 2017-2018
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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Nebraska Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES)

In an effort to better understand the factors contributing to motor vehicle crashes and their associated injury outcomes, the Nebraska Crash Outcomes Data Evaluation System (CODES) program links motor vehicle crash data with prehospital, hospital and death outcome data for analysis. The comprehensive data set produced by CODES allows for better investigation of the effectiveness of traffic safety prevention efforts. CODES provides valuable information to state legislators, governmental agencies, research institutions, as well as state and local highway safety and injury prevention programs.


Visit the Nebraska Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES) website to find out more.  


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

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