Increased Speeding Violations in Nevada During Pandemic

Increased Speeding Violations in Nevada During Pandemic

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 36,120 people were killed on US roadways in 2019, a 1.2% decrease from 2018. This marks the third consecutive year that the number of total fatalities has decreased. In 2019, 284 people were killed on Nevada roadways, a decrease from 329 fatalities in 2018. While this …

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NHTSA Reminds Drivers This Fourth of July that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ran a campaign for the Fourth of July holiday weekend to remind drivers that buzzed driving is drunk driving. The Fourth of July holiday consistently has the highest number of alcohol-impaired crash fatalities each year, and national, state, and local campaigns look to educate drivers on the dangers of impaired …

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The Case for Primary Seat Belt Laws

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) recently published an in-depth analysis of Nevada’s linked crash-trauma database in the latest volume of their Traffic Research and Education Newsletter (TREND). The database compares motor vehicle crash and hospital outcomes for Nevada trauma center patients by seat belt use status. Their analysis found that seat belt usage …

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Nevada Made Significant Progress Towards Safety Performance Targets

The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Safety Performance Management (Safety PM) is part of a strategic approach that uses system information to make investment and policy decisions to achieve national performance goals. Performance management is a critical element in roadway safety and is measured by the number of lives lost and serious injuries sustained on Nevada’s …

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Joining Forces with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

  While Lincoln County is the third largest county by area in the state of Nevada with a total area of 10,637 square miles, the population is estimated to be 5,183 people in 2019 by the U.S. Census. The main law enforcement agency is the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, whose deputies patrol approximately 402 miles of …

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GHSA Reports More Than 6,500 Pedestrians Killed on U.S. Roads Last Year

Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)recently released their annual spotlight report, “Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State: 2019 Preliminary Data.” In the report, the GHSA predicts that 6,590 pedestrian fatalities occurred in 2019, which accounts for 17% of motor-vehicle-related fatalities—an increase of 3.4% from the previous year. This data reflects the continued rise in traffic-related pedestrian fatalities …

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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Nevada is a popular attraction for motorcycle riders, both for recreation and commuting. As the weather starts to get warmer, it is important to remember to share the road with motorcyclists. To help everyone remember, the month of May has been named Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Nevada. With hundreds of fatalities in Nevada and …

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National Distracted Driving Enforcement Mobilization

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In support of this traffic safety initiative, the Nevada Highway Patrol reminds drivers that taking your eyes off the road for even one second can change your life or someone else’s life forever.  Distracted driving includes anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. This may be talking or texting, …

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GHSA Calls for New Approach to High-Risk Impaired Drivers

In December, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), in partnership with Responsibility.org, published a report, “High-Risk Impaired Drivers: Combating a Critical Threat.” The purpose of this report is to help state highway safety offices address this ongoing issue.  A high-risk impaired driver (HRID) is defined as a motorist who is likely driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.15 g/dL …

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