July Traffic Fatality Toll

LINCOLN – A traffic fatality toll was recently posted where 17 people were killed in traffic crashes on Nebraska roadways in the month of July.

According to a release from the Department of Transportation, data was collected by the NDOT where the fatalities occurred in 15 fatal crashes with 13 taking place in rural locations (Federal Highway Administration definition for urban is an area with a population of 5,000 or more).

Eight of the 15 vehicle occupants killed were not using seatbelts, five were and two had seatbelt usage marked as unknown. Two fatalities were on the interstate, 11 on highways and four on local roads. One fatality crash involved a train while two others were pedestrians.

In comparison with previous years, the 121 fatalities from January – July is a decrease compared to 2020 at this time of 133 while there have been 27 less fatal crashes (98 in 2021/125 in 2020).

Only 33 of the 107 vehicle occupants killed during this year were using seatbelts.

For the daily count, visit dot.nebraska.gov/media/3341/monthlytoll.pdf.

The late August report includes information available through August 18, 2021 from the Highway Safety Section, Traffic Engineering Division, Nebraska Department of Transportation.