Memorial Day kicks off the unofficial start of the summer travel season.
State officials want you to be careful out there.
The Memorial Day holiday weekend isn’t just the unofficial start of summer driving, it’s the real beginning of highway construction.
Gov. Pete Ricketts asks Nebraska motorists to be careful when approaching a highway construction zone.
“The construction workers out there are very vulnerable. They’re not moving nearly as fast. They are unprotected,” Ricketts reminds motorists. “You’re in a vehicle. You’re driving fast. Please, slow down and take care when you’re driving through those construction zones.”
Traffic fatalities are up this year. The state has recorded nearly 90 deaths of Nebraska roadways, a 15% increase. Fifty-five of the persons killed were not wearing seat belts.
The theme for the weekend is stay alert and buckle up.
State Patrol Superintendent Bradley Rice says the simple effort of buckling up can save your life.
“It’s frustrating to the troops when they come upon these crashes and find fatalities; they weren’t wearing seat belts,” Rice says. “It’s worse than that. It’s just tragic to have a preventable death.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]