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Nebraska traffic deaths significantly jump during 2012

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A mild winter and little rain are being blamed for a jump in Nebraska traffic deaths last year.

The total as of Monday was 207, compared with 181 in 2011 and 190 in 2010.

In the Panhandle; the number of highway fatalities jumped from 11 last year, to 21 in 2012.

State Highway Safety Administrator Fred Zwonechek says most people drive slower and more cautiously when snow, ice or rain make roadways more perilous.

Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol are hoping that more drivers use their seatbelts and use safe driving habits so fatalities trend downward this year.

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