NDOT celebrates Buckle Up, Phone Down week

Published: Mar. 31, 2021 at 7:32 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Nebraska Department of Transportation is in the middle of its Buckle Up, Phone Down campaign this week and are working to get its life-saving message across.

The department says 70% of vehicle deaths in the last decade could have been prevented if people were wearing seat belts.

It’s so important for people to buckle in every single time they get in the car, even if they’re just going down the street. An NDOT study shows most of crashes happen within 25 miles of the drivers house.

“It’s easy to get comfortable on those roadways but we really need people to understand that’s where accidents happen, in your comfort zone,” Jeni Campana, NDOT Acting Director of Communication and Public Policy, said. “It’s really important you put it on each and every time you get in the car.”

Campana said they often focus on teaching the importance of safe driving in the schools, so everyone in the car can make sure each other is being safe.

“The driver of the car has some responsibility there but everybody in the car has a responsibility,” she said. “It’s the voice in the backseat from my kids when I get in the car and we are starting to pull down the driveway and both of my kids are buckled up and I am starting to put my seat belt on, I hear a little voice in the backseat that says mom the car is moving.”

For more information on the campaign and to sign the challenge to drive safely, you can visit their website.

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