2013 Shaping Up To Be Deadly Year On Nebraska Roads
73 people have already died in car accidents in 2013Photo: Video by kmtv.com
CREATED Jun. 27, 2013
Omaha, NE -- The Department of Roads reports 15 people died in crashes in May.
One was a motorcyclist, one a pedestrian and the other 13 were inside vehicles.
Of those, 11 of them were not wearing seat belts.
In 2013, 85% of drivers and passengers killed in car crashes were not wearing their seat belts.
"The laws of motion -- there's not much we can do to prevent the movement that happens in a crash except restrain ourselves," said Danielle Knudson, the director of safe communities for the National Safety Council of Nebraska. "That means using your seat belt."
The May numbers don't take into account a crash earlier this month where three teens died in Fremont.
They weren't wearing seat belts.
Knudson said the goal is to prevent accidents like that by educating.
"Unfortunately, we see those numbers every month," she said. "In fact, every day we see the fatality report that comes across our desk. It's why we are here. It's why we are educating the community to wear your seat belt all the time. We say, 'Every trip, every time.'"
Knudson said the deadly crashes are not happening in the cities with the biggest populations.
11 of the deadly crashes in May were in rural Nebraska.
Knudson said it's a combination of people not buckling up and not driving appropriately on country roads.