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Educational Resources:

NEW - Using Naturalistic Data To Assess Teen Driver Crashes - AAA

NEW - GHSA Report Encourages Teen Seat Belt Use - Getting It To Click! - Connecting Teens and Seat Belt Use

Party This Weekend? We'll See You There! Poster Available through the NOHS Traffic Safety Materials Order Form, Page 1

Toll-Free Tip Line Cards: Report Underage Drinking - 1-866-MUST-B-21

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Status Report:
Special Issue: Teenage Drivers - When Parents Are Watching - May 9, 2009

Distracted Driving Shatters Lives Brochure (NDOR-HSO Link) (Consumer Reports Link)  (Print brochure)



Did you know in 2015 Nebraska...

  • Teen drivers ages 19 and younger represented 7.1% of all licensed drivers in Nebraska;
        (includes all Learner's Permit (LPD), School Permit (SCP), and Provisional Operator
        Permit (POP).
  • 78% of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes were not wearing their safety belts.

    Nebraska teen drivers (ages 19 & younger) were involved in:
  • 20% of all reported crashes.
  • 23% of crashes were between 9 p.m. and midnight.
  • 13% of crashes between midnight and 3 a.m.
  • 27% of crashes using a cell phone.
  • 41% of "exceeding the speed limit" crashes.
  • 17% of "failure to yield" crashes.
  • 27% of all single-vehicle rollover crashes.
  • 20% of crashes due to "road conditions" which were wet and/or snowy.
  • 19% of "speed too fast for conditions" crashes.
  • 25% of rear-end type collisions.
  • 11% of alcohol-involved crashes. 

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    In 2014 drivers ages 15- to 20 years...

  • 26% of 15- to 20-year-old drivers who were killed in motor vehicle crashes had a
        BAC of .01 g/dL or higher drinking and 54% of these drivers were unrestrained.
  • Driver fatalities declined by 51% between 2005 and 2014.
  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for all 15- to 20-year olds, according
        to the most recent data available (2014) from the National Center for Health Statistics.
  • There were 3,885 young drivers involved in fatal crashes.
  • NHTSA estimates that the 21-year-old minimum-drinking age laws have reduced alcohol
        traffic fatalities and have saved an estimated 30,323 lives since 1975.
  •  NHTSA estimates 485 lives were saved by the minimum-drinking age laws.
  • (Source: NHTSA Young Drivers - 2014 Data)


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    The Nebraska .02 law or “zero tolerance law” is a law to prevent minors from drinking and driving.  Under the law, minors (defined as anyone under age 21) are prohibited from driving with more than .02 grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or 210 liters of breath. 

    The .02 "zero tolerance" law makes it unlawful for anyone under age 21 to have a measurable amount of alcohol in their body while driving on Nebraska roadways.

    For more details click on a corresponding section of law:

    60-6,211.01   Persons under 21 years of age; prohibited acts.

    60-6,211.02   Implied consent to submit to a chemical test; when test is administered;
                        refusal; penalty.

    60-6,211.03   Impound operator’s license; operation relating to employment authorized.

    60-6,211.04   Applicability of additional laws.

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  • Department of Motor Vehicles Approved Driver Safety Schools
        The DMV approves and audits schools that provide testing and/or training outside of the Drivers     License Exam stations. These schools teach and test students for the Provisional Operator's Permit (POP) and School Permit (SCP).
  • Driver Training Schools
        These schools are certified by the DMV to teach individuals the rules of the road and
        driving skills.

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  • Nebraska's Graduated Driver's Licensing (GDL) Law
  • An Overview of Graduated Licensing In Nebraska

  • Graduated Licensing Law Statistics By Age in Fatal and Injury Crashes:
  • Ages 16–17 - 1993-2015
  • Ages 18–19 - 1993-2015
  • Ages 20 & Ages (16-20) - 1993-2015

    Graduated Licensing Law Statistics By Age In All Crashes:

  • Ages 16–17 - 1993-2015
  • Ages 18–19 - 1993-2015
  • Ages 20 & Ages 16-20  - 1993-2015


  • Teen Driver Facts - 2015
  • Cost Estimate for Teen Drivers (Ages 16-20) Involved in Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle Crashes - 2015
  • Cost Estimate for Teen Drivers (Ages 16-20) Involved in Motor Vehicle Crashes - 2015
  • Cost Estimate for Teen Drivers (Ages 15-19) Involved in Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle Crashes - 2015
  • Cost Estimate for Teen Drivers (Ages 15-19) Involved in Motor Vehicle Crashes - 2015
  • Drivers (Ages 15-19) Involved in Motor Vehicle Crashes - 2005-2015
  • Drivers (Ages 15-19) Involved in Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle Crashes - 2005-2015
  • Teen Drivers (Ages 15-19) Alcohol-Related Crashes/Fatalities vs. All Fatal Crashes/Fatalities -2010-2015
  • Drivers (Ages 16-20) Involved in Motor Vehicle Crashes - 2005-2015
  • Drivers (Ages 16-20) Involved in Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle Crashes - 2005-2015
  • Drivers (Ages 16-20) Traffic Records Data by County - (Alphabetical Order) - 2010-2014
  • Fatal & Injury Alcohol Crash Rate (Ages 16-20) - 2005-2015
  • Fatal & Injury Crash Rate (Ages16-20) - 2005-2015
  • School Permit Drivers by County - 2005-2015
  • School Permit Drivers (Ages 14-15) - 2005-2015
  • Teen Drivers (Ages 19 & Under) Alcohol-Related Crashes Per 100 Million Miles - 2005-2015
  • Teen Crashes (Ages 19 & Under) Per 100 Million Miles - 2005-2015
  • Cell Phone Distraction in Teen Crashes By Age - 2005-2015
  • Cell Phone-Related Traffic Crashes Involving All Drivers vs. Teen Drivers - 2005-2015
  • Teen Drivers (Ages 15-19) Cell Phone Distraction in Traffic Crashes - 2005-2015
  • Teen Drivers (Ages 14-15) Crashes -  2005-2015
  • Teen Drivers (Ages 14-15) Fatalities and Injuries Involved in Motor Vehicle Crashes - 2005-2015
  • Teen Drivers (Ages 15-18) All Crashes vs. Injury Crashes - 2005-2015
  • Teen Drivers (Ages 19-22) All Crashes vs. Injury Crashes - 2005-2015
  • Total Crashes Involving 16-Year-Old Drivers - 2005-2015

  • NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts:
  • Young Drivers -  2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

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    The Nebraska Department of Roads Highway Safety Office (NDOR-HSO) provides funds to support statewide evidence based community coalition and enforcement strategies targeting underage drinking problems.  The NDOR-HSO also has leveraged federal highway safety funding to support, expand, and enhance these efforts. Grant funding has been provided to Project Extra Mile (PEM), a non-profit underage drinking community coalition site projects through National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Governor's Highway Safety Association (GHSA). PEM continues as a grantee to provide training, technical assistance, management, youth advocacy, and public policy awareness to assist community coalitions addressing underage drinking issues across Nebraska.

    Through the establishment of community coalitions, Project Extra Mile’s mission is to create a community consensus that clearly states that underage alcohol use is illegal, unhealthy, and unacceptable.

    For additional information regarding PEM contact:

    Diane Riibe, Interim Executive Director, 11620 M CIrcle, Omaha, NE 68137, phone: 402-963-9047, FAX: 402-963-0015, or email: or visit the PEM website at   Project Extra Mile or visit their website at

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    SADD:  Students Against Destructive Decisions

    Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapters are coordinated statewide by the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety.  SADD chapters are established in many schools throughout Nebraska. Chapters establish and prioritize their individual goals which include alcohol and other drug free activities, anti-violence, and peer counseling which are available in many schools, as well as other campaigns that affect the well being of Nebraska youth. Each school tailors their campaigns to their specific needs.

    SADD National hosts an adult supervised conference of about 500 to 600 students each year.  For more information regarding SADD please contact:

    State contact: Fred E Zwonechek, Administrator, Nebraska Department of Roads Highway Safety Office
                           P.O. Box 94612, Lincoln, NE 68509 Phone:402/471-2515, Email

    SADD National Headquarters, P.O. Box 800, Marlborough, MA 01752
    Phone: 877-SADD-Inc. (877/723-3462); Website:

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  • AAA Exchange
  • The AAA Guide to Teen Driver Safety:AAA Keys2Drive 
  • Drive It Home - National Safety Council
  • Using Naturalistic Data To Assess Teen Driver Crashes - AAA
  • National Organization for Youth Safety - NOYS 
  • Nebraska Collegiate Consortium to Reduce High-Risk Drinking - NCC
  • Project Extra Mile - PEM
  • Report Underage Drinking Tip Line - 1-886-MUST-B-21
  • SADD: Students Against Destructive Decisions SADD
  • Teen Smart. - National Safety Council
  • teendrivesource  - Research Put Into Action - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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