Drowsy Driving

Nebraska Highway Safety Office is one of five granted funding from national program

LINCOLN — The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and The National Road Safety Foundation, Inc. (NRSF) announced that the Nebraska Department of Transportation, Highway Safety Office (NDOT-HSO) has received a $15,000.00 grant to coordinate the drowsy driving prevention campaign, “Don’t Snooze and Cruise.”

The NDOT-HSO will promote a drowsy driving injury prevention effort, focusing on education for young adults and senior drivers. The initiative includes four coordinated events covering seven target counties, providing Drowsy Driving Prevention workshops to educate community partners about traffic safety concerns. Partners include Drive Smart NE Coalition members, local heath districts, Teens in the Driver Seat schools and senior centers.

“Annually, in Nebraska, there are approximately 313 fatigued/asleep injury/fatal crashes”, stated Mark Segerstrom, NDOT-Highway Safety Administrator. “Our office will continue to work with local organizations in target counties, to educate about the dangers of drowsy driving.”

This is the third year GHSA and NRSF have provided funds to tackle drowsy driving and the second year that the Nebraska Department of Transportation - Highway Safety Office has received funding.

“Drowsy driving continues to be a chronic and often overlooked issue on our nation’s roadways,” said GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins. We are excited to continue this partnership with the National Road Safety Foundation to support innovative state approaches addressing this problem.”

Michelle Anderson, Director of Operations for NRSF, noted, “This year’s grantees were chosen from an outstanding group of applicants dedicated to taking action against fatigued driving. NRSF is glad to provide this funding to support states as they work to keep drowsy drivers off the road.”

Segerstrom responded, “We are eager to continue our work in informing and educating Nebraskans about the dangers of drowsy driving. Sleep debt is only relieved by actually sleeping. If you are tired, pull over to the side of the road and take a power nap for 15-20 minutes. We want to see everyone return home safely - every day.”

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