Posted 2 years ago

By Post Staff

Col Sankey - 1Although it wasn’t a holiday, this past weekend was one of the deadliest of the year on Nebraska streets and highways with 5 crashes claiming 7 lives. There have now been 107 deaths in 2013, up 6 from this date last year.

The weekends 5 fatal crashes were all in the eastern third of the state in Lancaster, Cass, Cuming, Douglas, and Madison Counties.

Nebraska State Patrol Superintendent Colonel David Sankey is reminding motorists of the need to be extra attentive on state roadways during the summer travel season.

“We are in the heart of the summer travel season, and it is a very busy time with automobiles, 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.”

Sankey also reminds motorists to obey posted speed limits, 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.