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Kristina Swallow, Director, Nevada Department of Transportation Director Kristina Swallow was appointed by Governor Steve Sisolak in January of 2019 as Director of the Nevada Department of Transportation. With more than 25 years of experience in engineering, public policy, and community advocacy, as a practicing civil engineer, Kristina has worked in several technical areas including flood …

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COVID-19: Exposing Road Safety Challenges

News reports are full of anecdotal reports of how the pandemic has affected traffic safety. While we don’t know the full scope of the effects now, the crisis has shown a bright light on big unsolved challenges that have long festered on our roads from speeding to impairment. David Harkey, President, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety …

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Priorities for Traffic Safety in Nevada Community Leaders Panel Discussion

Hear from Community Leaders from across Nevada about the top traffic safety issues in their communities and how their agency is working to improve traffic safety. Please bring questions for the Q&A with the Panelists.   Major James Simpson, Nevada Highway Patrol Northern Command Bill Thomas, Executive Director, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County Commissioner Michael …

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The Why, What, and Who of the Safe Systems Approach

Robert Wunderlich, Director Center for Transportation Safety at Texas Transportation Institute, will present on the Safe System approach to reducing serious injuries and fatalities on roadways. Recognizing that humans are going to make mistakes, a Safe System reduces opportunities for mistakes and mitigates consequences. He highlights the various aspects of the Safe System, including roadway …

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Traffic Safety Communications – How One Conversation Can Save a Life

With roadway fatalities heading in the wrong direction, it is up to all of us currently working in traffic safety to take every opportunity to save a life, and that might simply start with a conversation. Whether it’s an opportunity to give a presentation, something as simple as a tweet, or a conversation in passing …

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Introducing NHTSA’s New SaferCar App

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released a free smartphone app that will notify users if a safety recall is issued for their vehicle. The app provides immediate information regarding what to do and how to get the recall fixed for free. The app also includes information on safety ratings, car seats, and …

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DPS-OTS Provides $50K Grant for 2021 DUI Treatment Court Program

The Nevada Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS) provided a $50K grant to the Las Vegas Justice Court for continued placement of a Specialty Courts Coordinator with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Treatment Court, which saw a recidivism rate of only 1.4% for its participants in 2019. The treatment court was established …

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Las Vegas Police to Explore New Technology to Test Blood Samples

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Forensic Laboratory received a grant from the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to explore new technology to test blood samples gathered in DUI cases. The new technology is called a Liquid Chromatograph Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer and it can detect …

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Zero Fatalities to Launch “Worst Year Ever” Campaign

No matter our differences, we can all agree on one thing: 2020 has pretty much been the worst year ever. But there is one thing that could make this year even worse—killing someone in a car crash. Zero Fatalities has created a campaign that taps into the current cultural moment, one where our lives have …

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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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