The Nebraska State Patrol wants you to be safe out there.
Colonel David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol, says the rules of the road are simple.
“Don’t drive impaired, whether that’s drunk or drugged. Wear your seat belts. Slow down and don’t drive distracted,” Sankey says. “When people do those things, then I think we can end the year on a positive note and we won’t have any more fatalities.”
We had 16 in October. So far this year, 188. That’s a more deadly pace than the last three years, especially 2011 when Nebraska had only 150 traffic deaths at this date.
Sankey says his troopers will be out in force this Thanksgiving holiday weekend to enforce traffic laws in an effort to keep deaths down.
“We’re doing what we can. We hope that trend goes down,” Sankey says. “We just need everybody’s help to make that happen.”
The Nebraska Department of Roads reports the 16 traffic deaths in October came in 16 separate crashes. Two fatalities occurred on the Interstate, eight on non-Interstate highways, and six occurred on local roads. None of the 14 vehicle occupants killed were wearing safety belts. Two fatalities were pedestrians.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]