The Latest in Motorcycle Safety

Hearing Impaired Nevada Rider Class

Nevada Rider in partnership with the Deaf Centers of Nevada held a first of its kind motorcycle safety class for hearing impaired riders in Northern Nevada last September. With over four months of preparation and coordination, participants walked away with valuable, lifesaving motorcycle information.

Minor changes were made to how the class was conducted including the implementation of an eCourse and having an additional instructor present. This helped maximize on-bike time to ensure a safe and productive learning environment. The Nevada Rider program and the Office of Traffic Safety would like to thank: Cary Graves from the Department of Motor Vehicles, Debbie Helms and Casey McCullough from the Deaf Centers of Nevada, rider coaches Daniel Banda and John Rodgers, and interpreters Kristie and Alex. Continue reading “The Latest in Motorcycle Safety”

Nevada Awarded $15,000 Grant to Support Drowsy Driving Prevention Efforts

In May, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and the National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) announced that Nevada was one of four states receiving a grant to educate law enforcement and communities on drowsy driving. This November, the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety provided training for law enforcement through the Joining Forces Program at the Drowsy Driving Summit hosted in Reno. Officers obtained an understanding of the science behind drowsy driving and the skills needed to recognize drowsy driving behavior. Officers will educate the public on the seriousness of this issue and collect comprehensive data for future discussion. Information will be distributed during traffic stops with fliers. Information provided to commercial truck drivers will include a coupon for a free coffee.

NDOT Installs New Milepost Signs

As part of numerous highway improvement projects that are currently underway through the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), new highway mile marker signs are being installed. The new signs provide increased visibility since the sign is placed with the top of the sign five feet above the roadway and the signs are more than twice the size of the existing markers. The larger size improves readability and helps drivers communicate their exact location in times of need. Continue reading “NDOT Installs New Milepost Signs”

Technologies Can Reduce Cell Phone Distracted Driving

The Federal Government reports that more than 3,000 people each year are killed on U.S. roadways due to distracted driving. Approximately 70% of drivers also admit to using cell phones despite knowing the dangers of distracted driving.

What many people do not know is that app developers are helping make your phone a device to combat distracted driving. Apps are being developed to help drivers stay focused on driving by blocking phone usage while driving, which in turn helps to prevent the number of distracted driving crashes and could save thousands of lives per year. Continue reading “Technologies Can Reduce Cell Phone Distracted Driving”