Nebraska traffic deaths up 14% for 2012

Traffic deaths in Nebraska have been on the rise this year, and are currently up 14 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Last year, the state had one of the lowest highway fatality rates on record. Nebraska Highway Safety Administrator Fred Zwonechek says many fatalities involved unbelted drivers or passengers ejected from their vehicle during a rollover crash.

The most significant increase has occurred on county roads in rural areas where fatalities have risen 51 percent. Last year, 41 deaths were reported on county roads in rural areas through December 27, 2011, compared to 62 deaths reported so far this year. As of December 27, the highway death toll stands at 205, compared with 180 deaths in 2011.

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