Traffic deaths in Nebraska spike to more than 100 so far this year

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN-TV) — More than 100 people have been killed on Nebraska roads so far this year, a marked increase over recent years.

From January to May, 103 people died in crashes. That’s up 25% from the same time in 2021, according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation.

Traffic deaths in Nebraska were lower during the pandemic. There were 73 from January to May in 2020 and 77 during the same time in 2021.

But this year’s number even tops the totals from the same time in 2018 and 2019: 89 and 87, respectively.

Of the 84 vehicle occupants killed this year, only 26 were wearing seat belts, according to NDOT.

The Nebraska State Patrol has also reported a recent rash of excessive speeding.

On one weekend in June, troopers pulled over eight drivers going over 100 mph.

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