Nebraska
8:12 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Traffic fatalities nearly on pace with last year

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — 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.

Governor 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 1st.

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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