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Educational Resources:

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 (NOHS Link) (Consumer Reports Link)  (Print brochure)



Did you know in 2012 Nebraska...

  • Licensed drivers 19 years of age and younger represented 6.1% of all licensed drivers
        (includes all Learner's Permit (LPD), School Permit (SCP), and Provisional Operator
        Permit (POP) permits).
  • 79% of teen drivers 19 years of age and younger involved in fatal crashes were not using
        safety belts.

    Nebraska teen drivers were involved in...
  • 22% of all reported crashes.
  • 24% of all crashes between 9 p.m. and 12 midnight.
  • 17% of all crashes between 12 midnight and 3 a.m.
  • 31% of all crashes involved cell phone distraction.
  • 40% of crashes where exceeding the speed limit was major cause.
  • 18% of crashes where failure to yield was major cause.
  • 28% of all single vehicle rollover crashes.
  • 22% of crashes where road conditions were wet or snowy.
  • 25% of crashes where speed too fast for conditions was major cause.
  • 27% of crashes where a rear-end collision occurred.
  • 14% of crashes where alcohol involvement was a factor.
  • 15% of all crashes involved female teen drivers.
  • 14% of all crashes involved male teen drivers.

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    In 2011 drivers ages 15- to 20 years...

  • 32% 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 57% of these drivers were unrestrained.
  • Driver fatalities declined by 48% between 2002 and 2011.
  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for all 15- to 20-year olds, according
        to the most recent data available (2009) from the National Center for Health Statistics.
  • More than 4,300 teens were involved in fatal crashes.
  • NHTSA estimates that the 21-year-old minimum-drinking age laws have reduced alcohol
        traffic fatalities by 13% and have saved an estimated 28,765 lives since 1975.
  • NHTSA estimates 533 lives were saved by the minimum-drinking age laws.


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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:
  • Ages 16–17 - 1993-2012
  • Ages 18–19 - 1993-2012
  • Ages 20 & Ages (16-20) - 1993-2012

    Graduated Licensing Law Statistics By Age In All Crashes:

  • Ages 16–17  - 1993-2012
  • Ages 18–19  - 1993-2012
  • Ages 20 & Ages 16-20  - 1993-2012


  • Teen Driver Facts - 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Cost Estimate for Teen Drivers (Ages 16-20) Involved in Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle Crashes - 2012
  • Cost Estimate for Teen Drivers (Ages 16-20) Involved in Motor Vehicle Crashes - 2012
  • Cost Estimate for Teen Drivers (Ages 15-19) Involved in Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle Crashes - 2012
  • Cost Estimate for Teen Drivers (Ages 15-19) Involved in Motor Vehicle Crashes - 2012
  • Drivers (Ages 15-19) Involved in Motor Vehicle Crashes - 2003-2012
  • Drivers (Ages 15-19) Involved in Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle Crashes - 2003-2012
  • Teen Drivers (Ages 15-19) Alcohol-Related Crashes/Fatalities vs. All Fatal Crashes/Fatalities -2007-2012
  • Drivers (Ages 16-20) Involved in Motor Vehicle Crashes - 2003-2012
  • Drivers (Ages 16-20) Involved in Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle Crashes - 2003-2012
  • Drivers (Ages 16-20) Traffic Records Data by County - (Alphabetical Order) - 2008-2012
  • Fatal & Injury Alcohol Crash Rate (Ages 16-20) - 2003-2012
  • Fatal & Injury Crash Rate (Ages16-20) - 2003-2012
  • School Permit Drivers by County - 2003-2012
  • School Permit Drivers (Ages 14-15) - 2003-2012
  • Teen Drivers (Ages 19 & Under) Alcohol-Related Crashes Per 100 Million Miles - 2003-2012
  • Teen Crashes (Ages 19 & Under) Per 100 Million Miles - 2003-2012
  • Cell Phone Distraction in Teen Crashes By Age - 2003-2012
  • Cell Phone-Related Traffic Crashes Involving All Drivers vs. Teen Drivers - 2002-2012
  • Teen Drivers (Ages 15-19) Cell Phone Distraction in Traffic Crashes - 2003-2012
  • Teen Drivers (Ages 14-15) Crashes -  2003-2012
  • Teen Drivers (Ages 14-15) Fatalities and Injuries Involved in Motor Vehicle Crashes - 2003-2012
  • Teen Drivers (Ages 15-18) All Crashes vs. Injury Crashes - 2003-2012
  • Teen Drivers (Ages 15-19) Compared to All Other Licensed Drivers - 2012
  • Total Crashes Involving 16-Year-Old Drivers - 2003-2012

  • NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts:
  • Young Drivers - 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

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    The Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS) has been the recipient of the US Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Program (OJJDP) Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) from 2000 through 2013. The NOHS utilizes these funds to support statewide evidence based community coalition and enforcement strategies targeting underage drinking problems.  The NOHS 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 (1996 - 1999) 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:

    Nicole Carritt, Executive Director, 12165 West Center Rd, Suite 50, Omaha, NE 68144, phone: 402-963-4097, 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 Office of Highway Safety
                           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 Drivier Safety:AAA Keys2Drive 
  • National Organization for Youth Safety - NOYS 
  • Nebraska Collegiate Consortium to Reduce High-Risk Drinking - NCC
  • Office of Juvenile and Delinquency Prevention -OJJDP
  • Project Extra Mile - PEM
  • Report Underage Drinking Tip Line - 1-886-MUST-B-21
  • SADD: Students Against Destructive Decisions SADD
  • teendrivesource  - Research Put Into Action - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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