Seven Nebraska high schools were recognized on March 28, 2017, for their dedication to improving teen driver safety with the TDS Cup and Outstanding School awarded by Teens in the Driver Seat (TDS).
1st place – Centura High School in Cairo ($1,000 cash award)
2nd place – Malcom High School in Malcom ($500 cash award)
3rd place – Fullerton High School in Fullerton ($250 cash award)
Outstanding schools – Norfolk High School, Gering High School, Central Valley Public Schools, and David City High School
Teens in the Driver Seat believes that young drivers are more effective at communicating to their peers than anyone else. The TDS Cup competition motivates teens to compete with one another to help get the word out about positive driving behaviors.
Awarded annually, the TDS Cup is the ultimate reward for individual TDS schools to prove that their teens have the best program in their respective states. Each TDS team entering the competition is awarded points for every safe-driving activity promoted in its school and community about the top five driving risks: driving at night; speeding and street racing; distractions, such as cell phones and teen passengers; not wearing a seat belt; and alcohol/drug use. A final tally ranks winners each spring. There are three placements within each state competition and division, with first-place cup winners earning $1,000 for their school, second place earning $500 and third place earning $250. Schools that reach a minimum required number of activity points are recognized as an Outstanding TDS School.
There are twenty-eight schools across Nebraska working on reducing teen related crashes, injuries and deaths through the use of the Teens in the Driver Seat program. For more information, contact Jeanne Bietz, state coordinator, at Jeanne.email@example.com or 402-471-0361.
About Teens in the Driver Seat®:
Started in Nebraska in 2013, Teens in the Driver Seat is a peer-to-peer safety program that educates teens about the top five dangers of teen driving — driving at night; speeding and street racing; distractions, such as cell phones and teen passengers; not wearing a seat belt; and alcohol/drug use. Thanks to funding from the Nebraska Highway Safety Office, AAA-Nebraska and Nebraska Safety Council, program resources and technical support are available through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services at no cost to schools in Nebraska. For more information, please visit http://www.t-driver.com.