Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol are getting excited to kick off another season of Friday Night Lights. Patrol spokesperson Deb Collins says troopers will be attending high school football games across the state and focus on an important message.
Collins says, “Friday Night Lights is really an exciting time of the year for our troopers and getting out among our teens because it is an opportunity for us to engage teen drivers in their environment and let them know how important wearing that seat belt is and give them some firsthand experience on how seat belts save lives.”
Fans attending the games will have an opportunity to experience a ride in the Patrol’s Seat Belt Convincer or view a presentation of the Rollover Simulator. During breaks in the football action, troopers will use a t-shirt shooter that catapults shirts with a seat belt safety message into the stands.
Collins says along with the fun they spread an important message about the importance of seat belt use. Statistics from the Department of Road Highway Safety Office shows that 78% of teens involved in fatal crashes in Nebraska last year were not wearing their seat belt. She says it also provides an opportunity for troopers to have one-on-one contact with the community let people know they really do make a difference in saving lives on our roads.
Schools wanting to request a Friday Night Lights demonstration can contact their local troop headquarters in Lincoln, Omaha, Norfolk, Grand Island, North Platte and Scottsbluff.