As reported by TheIndependent.com, the total number of pedestrian fatalities on the roadways of Nebraska has reached its highest level since the year 2000. As of mid-October, there were 14 pedestrian deaths in Nebraska in 2012, which is up from the seven that occurred in all of 2011. The Nebraska Office of Highway Safety reports that the state hasn’t had double digits in pedestrian fatalities since 2003 when there were 12. A Highway Safety Administrator for NE states that there is no pattern as to when, why, or how the deaths have occurred, saying they have been in big cities, small towns, and at different times of day.
The Highway Safety Administrator says that one reason for the higher than average number is that there are more vehicles on the road than ever before. In addition, the unseasonably warm weather may also be a contributing factor as it brought more people outside for longer periods of time. According to AAA Nebraska, an average of 430 pedestrians are injured in traffic crashes on Nebraska roads annually.
The Highway Safety Administrator and AAA have several suggestions for preventing pedestrian accidents, and both groups state residents should never walk distracted, cross at intersections with traffic lights, and always watch for turning vehicles. In addition, walkers and joggers out in the evening should wear brightly colored clothing or reflective material to increase visibility. For motorists, not using electronic devices when behind the wheel can help prevent accidents as well as being alert and always looking out for pedestrians.
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