NSP to Take Part in Initiative to Increase Seat Belt Usage Among Teens


The Nebraska State Patrol will be focusing on getting teen drivers to wear seat belts this summer through special educational programs.

Accordingto the latest statistics from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety, 79 percent of Nebraska's drivers 19 years of ageand younger involved in fatal crashes were not using seat belts.

From April through September, NSP community service officers will conduct educational programs that utilize the agency's rollover simulators, seal belt convincers and driving simulator to try and bring that number down.

"It'sall about making a connection," explained NSP superintendent Colonel David Sankey. "This initiative provides our troopers anopportunity to get out in the community and provide hands-on learningexperiences. We hope these experiences will leave a lasting impression anddrive home the importance of voluntary compliance with all traffic safetylaws."

Individuals interested in scheduling a safety presentation in central Nebraska can contact Lt. Jeff Pelowski at the Grand Island office at 308.385.6000.

This summer initiative partially funded from a grant from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety.