Home The Facts Graduated Driver Licensing Keeping Teen Drivers Safe Resources & Reports NE Injury Prevention - Motor Vehicles Contact Us Facts About Nebraska Teen Drivers Driving at night, speeding and street racing, distractions (phones/passengers), not wearing a seatbelt, and driving under the influence are the top 5 dangers for teen drivers. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in Nebraska. (NE CODES*) Nebraska’s teen death rate due to motor vehicle crashes is twice that of the national rate, 13.3 vs 7.2 per 100,000 population, 2013. (NE CODES*) Nebraska’s teens are dying in motor vehicle crashes at three time the rate of the average adult. (NE CODES*) Of the teens involved in fatal crashes, 65% were not wearing a seat belt. (NE CODES, 2007-2011*) 45% of all high school students reported texting or emailing while driving in the past 30 days. (NE YRBS, 2011*) See the the Nebraska Teen Driver Report for more information. Facts About Nebraska Parents Driving Behaviors 10% of parents reported NEVER talking on a cell phone while driving 26% of parents reported NEVER texting while driving 13% of parents reported NEVER speeding at least 5 mph over the limit 58% reported that they ALWAYS wear their seat belt Only 5.4% identified non-seat belt use as a contributing factor to teen drivers being hurt or killed in a crash. (Parent Survey on Teen Driving, 2015) This means that many parents are modeling unsafe driving behaviors at least some of the time. Even if you rarely text, speed, or wear your seat belt half of the time, your kids see this behavior and will likely mirror it. Remember, driving the right message is important; parents/guardians matter in keeping teen drivers safe and alive! Learn why driving by example matters. Documents in PDF format require the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader which can be downloaded for free from Adobe Systems, Inc.