State Fatal Accident Rate Is at Record Low

NORFOLK - Nebraska has set a new record for highway fatalities in March - not for the most fatal accidents, but for the least. The six fatal accidents recorded in Nebraska in March are the lowest since the State Patrol began in 1937. State Patrol Troop B Captain Paul Hattan says many factors are contributing to that low fatality rate, but he thinks increased seat belt use is the number reason for the improvement.Hattan says the record in Northeast Nebraska is even better - this area has not recorded a traffic fatality since February 8th. He says his officers are placing added emphasis on seat belt violations and they are concentrating selective enforcement on areas where accidents have occurred in the past.