Deadly Crashes nearly on Pace with Last Year

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. The number of roadway fatalities in Nebraska has barely changed this year compared to the same period in 2013, and state officials say most of those killed weren't wearing seat belts.

State officials said Thursday that 74 people have died in crashes so far 2014, compared with 73 during the same period last year. Of the 67 people who were killed while inside a passenger vehicle, 49 were not wearing seat belts.

Gov. Dave Heineman and other state officials issued a call for motorists to wear their seat belts. Nebraska kicked off its annual "Click it or Ticket" campaign this week, which runs through June 1.

The traffic fatality numbers were released in advance of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, when Nebraska's roads are busier than usual.


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