Nebraska traffic deaths in 2019 were the highest in 12 years

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LINCOLN, Neb. - During December 2019, 20 people were killed in traffic crashes on Nebraska roadways, according to data collected by the Nebraska Department of Transportation.

- These 20 fatalities occurred in 14 crashes.

- Ten of the 18 vehicle occupants killed were not wearing safety belts.

- There were five fatalities on the interstate, ten on other highways, and five on local roads.

-Fourteen of the fatalities were in rural locations.

- Two of the fatalities were pedestrians.

- Five crashes resulting in nine fatalities had icy/snow road conditions as contributing circumstances.

- 249 is the highest number of fatalities since 2007 when there was 256.

- It's a nearly 8% increase over 2018 numbers, when 230 people died.

- There were 16 fatalities in December of 2018.

- Only 69 of the 204 (34%) vehicle occupants killed during 2019 were using safety belts.

(Source: Nebraska Department of Transportation)