Between 2013 and 2017, 527 people lost their lives and a staggering 1,667 were seriously injured in lane departure crashes on Nevada roadways. The goal of the Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is to reach zero fatalities. Nevada’s Lane Departure Prevention Critical Emphasis Area Fact Sheet provides information on who is involved in fatal and serious-injury lane departure crashes, where and when these crashes occurred, and why they happened. The Fact Sheet also outlines critical strategies and action steps to reduce impaired driving fatalities and serious injury crashes.

Lane Departure Crashes 2013 - 2017

Task Force Leaders

Lt. Jeff Varner, Nevada Highway Patrol
Vice Chair
Fred Shakal, Nevada Department of Transportation
Lindsay Saner, Kimley-Horn


March 12, 2020 – Lane Departure Prevention Task Force Meeting

Strategies and Action Steps

Increase targeted enforcement and public education programs
  1. Review data and determine target groups that are more likely to run off the road; develop programs to target those audiences (specifically distracted driving)
  2. Coordinate with safety stakeholders (enforcement, emergency medical services, fire department, etc.) to develop high visibility, well-publicized enforcement campaigns statewide throughout the year
  3. Develop a milepost education program to decrease emergency response times to crashes
Keep vehicles in their lanes through improvements and engineering, particularly on curves
  1. Propagate the installation of shoulder and centerline rumble strips, statewide, on both NDOT and local roadways where feasible/applicable
  2. Improve lane departure high-risk areas (curves) by evaluating existing curve-related crash data, coordinating with stakeholders, completing Road Safety Assessments (RSAs) if appropriate, and providing recommendations of surface-friction treatments, reconstruction, signing, and other methods
  3. Decrease animal-vehicle crashes by researching animal migration patterns
  4. Develop standard implementation for wider lane lines on rural roads
Increase survivability in the event of a roadway departure
  1. Conduct regional implementation of slope-flattening, shoulder-widening, and roadside object-removal projects
  2. Install median barrier systems, statewide, where appropriate
  3. Apply Traffic Incident Management (TIM) strategies to minimize disruption after incidents

Advisory Opinions

Based on national research and the potential for saving lives throughout the state, the Nevada SHSP Lane Departure Prevention Task Force strongly recommends the following Advisory Opinions:

  • Enhance cell phone law (NRS 484B.165) to be inclusive of inattentive/distracted driving behaviors and increase fine(s) for violation of NRS 484B.165
  • Support Occupant Protection Task Force’s Advisory Opinion to Upgrade NRS 484.D.495 to a Primary Seat Belt Law


Agendas and Minutes



Lane Departure Prevention Task Force Meeting Agenda PDF 09/2019
Lane Departure Prevention Task Force Meeting Minutes PDF 06/2019

Fact Sheets

Lane Departure Prevention Critical Emphasis Area Fact Sheet PDF 08/2019

Other Documents

Lane Departure Prevention Task Force Quarterly Summary Report PDF 05/2018

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