Motor Vehicle Safety

Health Promotion
Public Health

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What you need to know


Motor vehicle safety programming uses education, partnerships, policy and evidence based programs to improve roadway safety. Topics can include: 

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

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


Read Nebraska's GDL laws and complete a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement to keep your teen safer behind the wheel.

Graduated Driver Licensing

View 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.

Teens in the Driver Seat (TDS)

Teens in the Driver Seat is a free peer-to-peer traffic safety program available to Nebraska junior and senior high 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 the program 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?

Read the junior high and senior high school informational sheets to learn more about Nebraska's TDS programming. Additional information can be found at the TDS website.

Get started today by filling out the application​ to be considered a TDS school/organization​​​.

Public Health Strategies to Improve 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:

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.

Jeanne Bietz, MA

Motor Vehicle Safety Coordinator

Divison of Public Health

Phone Number
(402) 471-0361
Mailing Address
301 Centennial Mall South,Lincoln, Nebraska 68509