UNDATED - Eight people have been killed in six separate crashes on Nebraska roads over the past week, prompting the Nebraska State Patrol to remind motorists of the need to be extra attentive on state roadways during the summer travel season.
Patrol officials say fatality crashes investigated include those in Wayne, Cuming and Madison Counties. The eight 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 1-800-525-5555 from any landline.