March Traffic Fatality Toll

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

According to a release from NDOT, 29 people were killed in 23 fatal crashes in March.

five of the 25 vehicle occupants killed were not using seatbelts, 11 were using seatbelts and another nine had seatbelt usage marked as unknown.

A total of 17 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 six fatalities on the interstate, 10 on Nebraska highways and 13 on local roads during the month of March.

Three of the fatalities pertained to a pedestrian, one fatality was a motorcyclist as icey roads and snow were a contributing factor in four fatality crashes resulting in five fatalities.

Only 22 of the 60 vehicle occupants killed during 2022 were using seatbelts.

Compared to last March, there were just 11 fatalities in 2021. The 70 fatalities through three months is the highest over the past four years with the 2018-21 average being 46 fatalities.

This report includes information available through April 14 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.