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      Weekend of Fatal Crashes Prompts Reminder to Travel Safely

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      A weekend full of fatal crashes has brought the number of state roadway fatalities up to 107 for 2013, surpassing the number of people killed on the road by the same time last year.

      Seven people were killed in five separate crashed from Friday through Monday, bringing this year's number of deaths up past last year's 101 fatalities. The crashes occurred in Lancaster, Cass, Cuming, Douglas and Madison Counties.

      Now, Nebraska State Patrol officials are sharing those numbers to encourage people to be extra attentive when driving across the state during the busy summer travel season.

      "We are in the heart of thesummer travel season, and it is a very busy time," said Colonel David Sankey, NSP superintendent. "From automobiles, to recreationalvehicles, motorcycles and farm implements, we must all share the road. It isvital when we get behind the wheel that we choose to make safety our toppriority."

      Officials are reminding drivers to follow the speed limit, wear seat belts and never drive impaired or distracted.

      One way to make traveling easier and safer is to plan ahead. Travelers can check the latest road and weather conditions by dialing 511 or going online to 511.nebraska.gov, or ndortraveler.mobi on a smartphone.

      In addition, anyone who sees a person driving recklessly or impaired can dial *55 to help get unsafe drivers off the roadways.

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