Every five years, SHSP partners from across the state work together to update the Strategic Highway Safety Plan, to refocus efforts to reduce fatalities and serious injuries over the next five years, working toward Nevada’s goal of Zero Fatalities.
The Impaired Driving Critical Emphasis Area (CEA) team was faced with a challenge: how to reduce the number of repeat DUI offenders in Nevada. Many DUI citations are plea-bargained down from a DUI and each court in Nevada has its own approach towards sentencing and monitoring. A statewide strategy seemed impossible.
When elementary school teacher Mathew Portell discovered that one of his students didn’t have anything to read at home, he began asking fellow cyclists to donate books. Seven years later, his Nashville-based nonprofit, Ride for Reading, has distributed more than 250,000 books—by bike—in 16 states, including Nevada.
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has completed a project to install sidewalks and pedestrian crosswalks at five elementary schools in Washoe County. About 2,800 feet of new sidewalk, upgraded pedestrian crosswalk ramps, and signage have been installed at streetside entrances in front of Nancy Gomes, Lemmon Valley, Virginia Palmer, Elizabeth Lenz, and Brown Elementary Schools.
The week of October 18-24 is National Teen Driver Safety Week. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens 14-18 years of age in the U.S. Almost half of the teen drivers involved in a crash die. Yet, a recent survey shows that only 25% of parents have had a serious talk with their kids about the key components of driving.