In a news release, Governor Dave Heineman applauded the safe actions of motorists. The fatality total for 2010 was 186, and a marked improvement over 2009 totals with 223 deaths recorded. It is the second lowest total since recordkeeping began 73 years ago.
The news release went on to say, it is the first time the state has achieved a goal outlined in the 2007 Nebraska Strategic Highway Safety Plan. State safety officials set a goal achieving a fatality rate of 1.0 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles driven by 2015.
“Nebraska finished below that rate for the first time and I want to thank Nebraskans for contributing to this accomplishment and helping finish 2010 strong,” Gov. Heineman said. “We want to prevent fatalities on our roadways and I hope we can begin 2011 with the same goal in mind.”
The state record was set in 1944 when 166 deaths were recorded. The 2010 fatality count is the lowest total outside of the World War II era when there was no civilian vehicle production and both fuel and tires were rationed.
Officials credit the progress seen in recent years to special emphasis placed on crash causing behaviors such as speeding, impaired and distracted driving; using statistical data to develop enforcement efforts; increasing use of seat belts and proper child restraints; faster response to crash scenes; and activation of the statewide trauma system.
Also contributing to increased safety measures are better technology in vehicle braking, stability systems and air bags, and efforts to educate motorists on the rules of the road and and share information on crash prevention.
Gov. Heineman said, “I appreciate the hard work of state personnel, along with the contributions of local law enforcement, first responders and our many community partners who are part of this effort.”
The Strategic Highway Safety Plan was developed by the heads of the Nebraska State Patrol and the Nebraska Departments of Health and Human Services, Motor Vehicles, and Roads.
Credit: Nebraska Governor’s office news release