Seven people were killed in five separate crashes on Nebraska roads from Friday through Monday, prompting the Nebraska State Patrol to remind motorists of the need to be extra attentive on state roadways during the summer travel season.
From Friday, July 12 through Monday morning, July 15, fatality crashes were recorded in Lancaster, Cass, Cuming, Douglas, and Madison Counties. The seven deaths bring the number of fatalities on state roadways in 2013 to 107, compared with 101 deaths on this same date in 2012.
“We are in the heart of the summer travel season, and it is a very busy time,” said Colonel David Sankey, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “From automobiles, to recreational vehicles, motorcycles and farm implements, we must all share the road. It is vital when we get behind the wheel that we choose to make safety our top priority.”
Motorists are reminded to obey the posted speed limit, always wear their seat belt, and never drive impaired or distracted.
The NSP encourages all travelers to plan ahead, allowing plenty of time to reach their destination. Motorists can report impaired or reckless drivers by dialing the NSP Highway Helpline at *55 when safe to do so from any cellular phone, or 1-800-525-5555from any landline.
Travelers wanting to check the latest road and weather condition report can utilize 511, the Nebraska Automated Traveler Information System. The 511 system can be accessed via the internet at < www.511.nebraska.gov >, the 511 Mobile Traveler Site at < http://www.ndortraveler.mobi > or by dialing 511 (800-906-9069) from any landline or cellular phone for information.