OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A new study by the Governors Highway Safety Association indicates that pedestrian traffic deaths in Nebraska increased from 2017 to the first half of 2018.
In recent years, the number of pedestrian fatalities in the country has grown sharply. From 2008 to 2017, the number of pedestrian traffic deaths increased by 35 percent. Pedestrian traffic deaths accounted for 16 percent of all traffic related accidents in 2017.
The number in Nebraska is fortunately, very low, but in the first half of 2018, there were 12 pedestrian traffic deaths, which was up from seven deaths in the first half of 2017. This is a 71 percent increase in the amount of pedestrian traffic deaths.
The highest increase in pedestrian traffic deaths came in Hawaii. One pedestrian death in the first half of 2017, compared to 19 in the first half of 2018, equaling an 1,800 percent increase. The highest decrease came in New Hampshire, going from five traffic pedestrian deaths down to just one, a -80 percent decrease.