State’s October car accident fatality report points to rural crashes

State’s October car accident fatality report points to rural crashes
Published: Nov. 17, 2021 at 9:45 PM CST
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AURORA, Neb. (KSNB) - This past month, the rural road fatality numbers account for more than half of fatal crashes in the state. The Nebraska Department of Transportation recently released a traffic fatality toll for the month of October, with 16 out of the 28 total car crash fatalities happening in rural areas.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jeromy McCoy said, though they hadn’t seen any traffic deaths in their area for a number of months, when they do happen, they tend to occur at certain places more than others.

“Here in Hamilton county, most of our fatality accidents are mainly at country road intersections with another person, and they fail to yield the right of way,” McCoy said.

He noted they usually see the most traffic fatalities during the summer months when people are out and about traveling as well as in construction zones on the interstate. McCoy added, even in lower traffic areas, people still need to be wearing their seat belts.

“I think people maybe get complacent, especially driving in a rural area, if they’re just going to the next field the next mile over and they just don’t think to maybe put on their seat belt at that time,” he said.

With winter weather conditions on the horizon, McCoy said people need to stay extra alert, slow down and keep a good amount of space between their vehicle and the car in front of them.

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