Traffic Fatalities Down Across Nebraska Back-To-Back Years

LINCOLN – For a second straight year, Nebraska fatalities on the roads saw a reduced total.

According to a release from the Nebraska State Patrol, NSP is joining the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) in encouraging Nebraskans to make safe driving a resolution for 2022. This follows a positive trend on Nebraska roadways in 2021, which recorded the fewest roadway fatalities in five years.

There were 220 fatalities on Nebraska roads in 2021, a 5% reduction from the total of 233 in 2020. Last year marks the second consecutive yearly reduction in traffic fatalities across the state, down 11% from the total of 248 in 2019.

NSP officials say this is promising news to have, indicating that Nebraskans are continuing to make safer choices while driving. The NSP and NDOT is hoping to continue this positive trend and see more lives spared on the roads.

To keep the trend moving in the positive direction, NSP and NDOT encourage all motorists to follow traffic safety laws, put the phone down while driving, always drive sober and always wear a seat belt.

Nebraska’s goal will always be to move toward zero fatalities. It’s impossible to attribute the reduction to one factor, but safe driving of those who share the roadways will always have the biggest impact.

As the winter weather season continues, all motorists are encouraged to practice safe winter driving. Always check conditions with Nebraska 511 before attempting to travel in winter weather, keep updated on the forecast for your destination and route and always drive appropriately for the conditions.

Any motorists in need of help can call the NSP Highway Helpline at *55 or 800-525-5555.

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