Traffic fatalities are down in Nebraska as highway officials hope safety messages are getting through.
Fatalities from traffic crashes are down this year, way down.
“It’s really hard to isolate any one thing that’s contributing and, hopefully, it’s a lot of things,” Nebraska Highway Safety Administrator Fred Zwonechek tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Prior to the long Memorial Day holiday weekend, there had been 66 fatalities reported from traffic wrecks on Nebraska roadways, far below the 96 recorded during that same time period a year ago.
One concern for Zwonechek is a recent increase in pedestrians killed in traffic, a troubling trend over the past couple of years.
Weather might just play a role. It seems the weekend weather has been much better this year than last.
But, it also seems motorists are getting the message that a few precautions, such as buckling up, before taking off really does pay off.
“Hopefully, drivers are paying attention, putting those phones down, no texting and driving, and doing the right things,” Zwonechek says. “And we hope that that is what’s happening.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:35]