LINCOLN — The Nebraska Department of Transportation-Highway Safety Office has received a $15,000 grant to coordinate a drowsy driving prevention campaign, “Don’t Snooze and Cruise.”
The grant was announced by the Governors Highway Safety Association and the National Road Safety Foundation.
The NDOT-HSO effort will focus 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 Nebraska Coalition members, local heath districts, Teens in the Driver Seat schools and senior centers.
In Nebraska each year, about 313 crashes causing injury or death are attributed to fatigued or sleeping drivers, NDOT-Highway Safety Administrator Mark Segerstrom said.
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.
“We are eager to continue our work in informing and educating Nebraskans about the dangers of drowsy driving, Segerstrom said. “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.”