OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — While drunk driving receives a lot of attention when it comes to creating hazardous conditions on Nebraska roads, the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) says another bad driving behavior deserves some attention. Thanks to a grant, they hope to shine a light on it.
NDOT says they are receiving a $15,000 grant thanks to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and The National Road Safety Foundation, Inc. (NRSF). The grant will be used to prevent drowsy driving through NDOT's "Don't Snooze and Cruise" campaign.
The campaign will target specific counties and communities of people for behavior that they say deserves more attention.
“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 that the GHSA and NSRF have backed initiatives to tackle drowsy driving.
“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.”