July Traffic Fatality Toll

LINCOLN – Data was again collected by the Nebraska Department of Transportation during the month of July for a recent traffic fatality toll.

According to a mid-August release from NDOT, 20 people were killed in 19 fatal crashes in July.

Eight of the 13 vehicle occupants killed were not using seatbelts, three were using their seatbelt and another two had seatbelt usage marked as unknown.

A total of 14 fatalities were in rural locations (The Federal Highway Administration definition for urban is an area with a population of 5,000 or more). There were four fatalities on the interstate, nine on other highways and seven on local roads during the month of July. Four of the fatalities pertained to motorcyclists and another three were pedestrians.

Only 38 of the 119 vehicle occupants killed during 2022 were using seatbelts.

Compared to last July, there were 21 fatalities in 2021. The 146 fatalities through seven months is the highest over the past four years with the 2018-21 average being 129 fatalities during that same period.

This report includes information available through August 15 from the Highway Safety Section, Traffic Engineering Division, Nebraska Department of Transportation.

For additional information, contact the NDOT Communication and Public Policy Division at 402-479‑4512.