April 01, 2016|
Nebraska Roadway Fatalities Down Dramatically for First Quarter of the Year
A review of Nebraska roadway fatalities for the first quarter of 2016 shows a dramatic improvement compared to 2015. From January through March, 34 lives were lost in roadway crashes compared to 63 deaths for the same period in 2015. According to the Nebraska of Highway Safety, this is the second fewest number of deaths for Jan-Mar since 1946. In 2011, 31 fatalities were reported. The next fewest for this period was 1949 with 35 deaths. Fatalities in urban areas are down 53 percent in 2016 compared to last year; rural areas down 43 percent. Dramatic drops in motorcycle and pedestrian fatalities are reported, as well. This year, one motorcycle death occurred during the first quarter, compared to six last year. Three pedestrians died this year on Nebraska roadways compared to six during the first quarter of 2015. Even with the positive results, every death is a tragedy, says AAA. With warmer temperatures prevailing across most of the Midwest, AAA reminds motorists to stay alert to bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists sharing the roadway. Avoid distractions that take eyes off the road, hands off the wheel and, most importantly, mind off the task of driving safely. Get in the habit of putting your cell phone away when entering a vehicle, and turn it off or set it on airplane mode to avoid the temptation of responding to incoming calls. In 2014, the most recent year for national statistical data, distracted driving was to blame in ten percent of all motor vehicle fatalities with another 431,000 people injured. In a recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than 80 percent of drivers view distracted driving as a bigger problem than it was three year ago, yet one in three admit to doing it behind the wheel. AAA says make the choice to minimize distractions. Put it down, don’t text and drive.
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