Congresswoman Dina Titus Awarded for Efforts to Improve Child Passenger Safety

Congresswoman Dina Titus Awarded for Efforts to Improve Child Passenger Safety

Properly used and installed car seats can reduce a child’s risk of serious and fatal injuries in a crash by up to 80 percent. Children from underserved communities face higher death rates, sometimes even twice as high. In May, Representative Dina Titus introduced a bill entitled Enhancing Child Passenger Safety in Underserved Communities Act that …

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Motorcycle Safety Facts

Did you know? The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) requires that all motorcycle helmets sold in the United States meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS 218). This certification is made by the helmet manufacturers, but USDOT conducts compliance testing of a few selected motorcycle helmets to determine whether these helmets meet the federal safety …

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Downtown Reno Seeks Behavioral Change by Establishing a Pedestrian Safety Zone

The City of Reno established Nevada’s first ever pedestrian safety zone on the corner of Lake Street and Fourth Street, near the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County bus station. The pedestrian zone has a speed limit of 20 miles per hour and is indicated by bright yellow safety zone signage. Citations for violations within the safety …

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NHTSA’s Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities in 2020

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) statistical projection of traffic fatalities (including motor vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, and people walking and biking) in 2020 shows that an estimated 38,680 people died in traffic crashes, an estimated 7.2% increase over 2019. NHTSA’s Traffic Safety Facts Crash Stats for 2020 can be viewed in full here.

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Joining Forces for Safer Roads

    The Nevada Department of Public Safety-Office of Traffic Safety oversees the “Joining Forces” program, which includes 82% of county sheriffs’ departments partnering with the Nevada Highway Patrol. This program was recently featured in the national LEL Newsletter for the program’s efforts to prepare for Memorial Day weekend. The article can be viewed in …

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Documentary Shows the Horrors of Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Crashes

After nearly a year-long delay, the documentary born of the 2019 #Dusk2Dawn pedestrian safety campaign premiered on March 18th. My Best Friend: A Pedestrian Story follows the awareness campaign that launched with 91 chalk body outlines on Las Vegas streets the last week of October 2019. The documentary tells the stories and chronicles the involvement …

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Nevada Rider Update

As we move closer to a return to normalcy, we can begin to see the toll that COVID-19 had on our motorcycle program and motorcyclists in the state. Safety course enrollment dropped about 40%, nearly every major motorcycle rally was canceled, and even though there have been fewer people on the road, there was a …

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New CEAs in the 2021-2025 SHSP

As shown in the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) Organizational Structure below, the updated SHSP established 13 emphasis areas organized under four key areas, including nine critical emphasis areas (CEAs) that have developed strategies and action steps for implementation. Selection of the nine CEAs for the 2021-2025 SHSP Update was a data-driven process, and includes …

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Save Yourself Campaign

Save Yourself is the first campaign launch of the Zero Fatalities Program 10-Year Anniversary. The first phase of the Save Yourself campaign focused on three specific safety topics: distracted driving, pedestrian safety, and intersection safety. The campaign is designed to get people’s attention and eliminate unsafe behavior on our roadways by capitalizing on the current cultural …

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TREND In Focus: Speed-Related Crashes

The March 2021 Issue of Nevada’s Traffic Research and Education Newsletter (TREND) contains the following article about Crash and Trauma Outcomes for Motor Vehicle Occupants. TREND In Focus: Speed-Related Crashes – Crash and Trauma Outcomes for Motor Vehicle Occupants By Laura K. Gryder, MA, Samantha A. Slinkard-Barnum, MPH, and Deborah A. Kuhls, MD Vehicle speed …

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