LINCOLN – Updated traffic fatality numbers were reported for the month of September which saw a decrease from last September.
According to a release from the Nebraska Department of Transportation, 22 people were killed in traffic crashes on Nebraska roadways. This data was collected by NDOT from 20 fatal crashes.
Seven of the 17 vehicle occupants killed were not using seatbelts, seven were and three had seatbelt usage marked as unknown. Only 41 out of 137 vehicle occupants killed during 2021 have been wearing their seatbelt.
A total of 18 of the fatalities were in rural locations as the Federal Highway Administration defines for urban being an area with a population of 5,000 or more. Seven fatalities occurred on the interstate, 13 on other highways and two on local roads.
One September fatality involved a train, three were motorcyclists, one a pedestrian and another a bicyclist. This report includes information available through October 14, 2021 from the Highway Safety Section, Traffic Engineering Division and Nebraska Department of Transportation.
There were 30 fatalities in September last year with the 2020 January – September fatalities being 188 among 177 fatal crashes which is 18% higher than this year. To date, there have been 160 fatalities in 135 fatal crashes in 2021.
For additional information, contact the NDOT Communication and Public Policy Division at 402-479‑4512.