Nebraska roadway fatalities up two percent in 2018

January 5, 2019

LINCOLN - Nebraska roadway fatalities are up two percent compared to the previous five-year average.

That’s according to a report from Triple A that says each month nearly 3,000 traffic crashes occur on Nebraska roads and of those 1,000 result in personal injuries.

Public Affairs Director for Triple A the Auto Club Group Rose White says in 2018 230 people lost their life in a crash on a Nebraska road. Of those killed, 63 died on urban roadways and 167 on rural roads.

White says over the years nearly one third of traffic deaths have something to do with impaired driving with multiple other preventing factors involved too.

“With the fatalities we usually see about 65 to 75 percent of the fatalities are unrestrained. If people just follow that simple step of buckling up it certainly can save lives. The other issue is avoiding distractions, that means turning off your cell phone when you’re entering the vehicle. If you’re driving in poor weather conditions, always reduce your driving speed and increase your following distance.”

White also says pedestrian fatalities are up 71 percent compared to the previous five-year average with 25 deaths reported last year.

The Nebraska Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office reports that the last time pedestrian deaths reached that level was 35 years ago in 1983.

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