Nebraska DMV launches supervised driving program
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles has launched a new program designed to help teenagers learn safe driving skills. The parent's supervised driving program will be distributed in DMV offices when a teen driver receives a learner's permit. The program includes booklets with a driver's log and specific lessons that parents can share with teenagers. Nebraska DMV Director Rhonda Lahm says the program was designed as a confidence-builder for new drivers. Col. David Sankey, the superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol, says 115 people have died in motor vehicles so far this year, including 19 teenagers. Of those teenagers, only six were wearing seatbelts. Gov. Dave Heineman says young drivers should take a formal driver's education course when possible. But he says the parent's supervised driving program offers an alternative.