“A little bit of everything” has combined to reduce the number of fatalities on Nebraska’s roadways, the state’s highway safety director says. The Omaha World-Herald reports that as of Wednesday morning, 29 people had died on Nebraska roads in 2009 compared with 50 on that date last year–a 42 percent drop. This comes after the number of traffic fatalities in the state dropped for a third straight year.
AAA said factors contributing to the decline include a reduction in roadway travel, an increased use in safety restraints, strong enforcement of driving-while-intoxicated laws and safety improvements made to vehicles and roadway design. Fred Zwonechek, director of the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety, said other contributors include better public safety education and driver training, improvements in the state’s emergency response system and wider cell-phone coverage and access to medical helicopters.