Safety Spotlight 

Safety Spotlight 

Safety Grants Awarded for 2020-2021 Regional School Zone Safety Initiative  The State of Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety awarded grants to Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department, and Washoe County School District to support their participation in the 2020-2021 Regional School Zone Safety Initiative. The initiative will increase enforcement and education …

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2021-2025 Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) Update 

Nevada’s SHSP is a comprehensive statewide safety plan that identifies the greatest causes of fatalities and serious injuries on Nevada roadways and provides a coordinated framework for reducing these crashes. Goals and strategies were developed in consultation with federal, tribal, state, local, and private-sector safety stakeholders.  Nevada’s goal of Zero Fatalities is more critical now than ever …

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Safety Summit Recap 

Like most events in the landmark year 2020, the Nevada Traffic Safety Summit shifted to virtual to ensure the safety of its presenters and participants. While participants could not meet in person, there was still an abundance of learning.  When we started planning the 2020 Summit in 2019, no one had heard of COVID-19—and we certainly did not expect it to …

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Zero Fatalities 10-Year Anniversary 

The year 2021 commemorates the 10th year of Nevada’s industry-leading and life-saving Zero Fatalities program. In honor of the 10th anniversary, Zero Fatalities will tell the story of how the program has impacted Nevadans over the past decade by championing the life-saving critical mission of getting every road user home safely.   The year-long celebration will leverage new and ongoing engagements, events, outreach, and campaigns to recognize and celebrate …

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Welcome

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.   Commissioner Michael Naft, Clark County Major James Simpson, Nevada Highway Patrol Northern Command Bill Thomas, Executive Director, Regional Transportation Commission of …

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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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