Changing the Way We Think About Drug-Impaired Driving

Impaired driving is expanding to include other forms of impairment, such as marijuana and opioid use, which can also affect driving and cause crashes. Governors Highway Safety Association’s (GHSA’s) Drug-Impaired Driving: Marijuana and Opioids Raise Critical Issues for States finds that in 2016, 44% of fatally-injured drivers with known drug test results tested positive for drugs, up from 28% just 10 years prior. The report discusses how these substances create driving risk, how to detect impaired drivers, and potential methods for reducing drug-impaired driving. Continue reading “Changing the Way We Think About Drug-Impaired Driving”

FHWA Reinstated Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) to Approved Product List

RRFB devices are proven tools in preventing pedestrian injury or death. Producing a driver yield rate of 96%, they are not only efficient, but cost-effective tools as well. In 2008, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) granted interim approval for the use of RRFB devices in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). This led to states and other agencies adding the devices to their own approved products lists. Continue reading “FHWA Reinstated Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) to Approved Product List”

Partnering to Reach Zero Fatalities

This year, the Las Vegas Coalition for Zero Fatalities was formed by several new partners with the goal of helping eliminate fatalities on Nevada’s roadways. The coalition was spearheaded by Lyft and also includes Topgolf, the Downtown Project, PT’s Entertainment Group, the Raiders, Downtown Summerlin, and several others.

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Northern Nevada Vision Zero Task Force

In October 2017, Northern Nevada partners joined forces and created a Vision Zero Task Force. Task force members include:

  • The cities of Reno and Sparks
  • The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT)
  • Nevada Department of Public Safety (NDPS)
  • Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) Office of Traffic Safety (OTS)
  • Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA)
  • Renown
  • The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas Vulnerable Road Users Project
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • Washoe County Health District, Air Quality Department
  • Washoe County School District Safe Routes to School Program
  • Members of the public concerned about safety

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The Latest in Motorcycle Safety

It was a busy spring for motorcycle safety activities. Through a Proclamation by Governor Sandoval, May was designated as “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month” in Nevada.

The Spring also saw an increase in outreach activities conducted by the Nevada Rider Motorcycle Safety Program (Program). The Program had a presence at three motorcycle rallies, three dealership events, and the Carson City Sheriff Extreme Motor Challenge.  The focus of these outreach events included formal motorcycle training, “Looking Twice for Motorcycles,” and “Riding Sober”. The Program is always looking for opportunities to spread the motorcycle safety message, so contact Nevada Rider if you would like our presence at any of your events. Continue reading “The Latest in Motorcycle Safety”