Nebraska – The State of Nebraska set very unpopular record last month in the number of traffic fatalities, multiple reports say.
According to the Nebraska State Patrol report, a total of 26 people were killed in traffic incidents in January across the state of Nebraska. This number also includes data provided by the Nebraska Department of Transportation.
The report also indicates that only seven people of the 21 vehicle victims were wearing seatbelts.
Four of the fatalities happened on the interstate, thirteen occurred on other highways, and nine happened on local roads.
For comparison, in last year’s January there have been 24 traffic victims which is 8% less compared to this year.
What is even more alarming is the fact that the number of traffic fatalities is on the rise in the last couple of years with January 2022 being the month with the most traffic fatalities.
In January 2020, the Nebraska State Patrol reported 17 fatalities (35% less compared to Jan. 2022), in January 2019 there have been a total of 8 traffic fatalities (69% less compared to Jan. 2022), in January 2018 there have been a total of 16 traffic fatalities (38% less compared to Jan. 2022).
The five-year average is 16 traffic fatalities (38% less compared to Jan. 2022).