Between 2013 and 2017, 305 people lost their lives and 1,124 were seriously injured in motorcycle-related crashes on Nevada roadways. The goal of the Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is to reach zero fatalities. Nevada’s Motorcycle Safety Critical Emphasis Area Fact Sheet provides information on who is involved in fatal and serious-injury motorcycle crashes, where and when these crashes occurred, and why they happened. The Fact Sheet also outlines critical strategies and action steps the State of Nevada plans to take in reducing motorcycle-related crashes in efforts to reach our goal of zero fatalities.

Motorcycle Crashes 2013 - 2017

Task Force Leaders

Pete Vander Aa, Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety, Nevada Rider
Vice Chair
Lt. Luis Zapata,  Nevada Highway Patrol
Lindsay Saner, Kimley-Horn


March 12, 2020 – Motorcycle Safety Task Force Meeting

Strategies and Action Steps

Increase targeted enforcement and public education programs for high-risk behaviors (such as speeding and aggressive, reckless, and impaired riding) and yielding to motorcycles
  1. Increase awareness through education and outreach specific to motorcycle safety. Enhance and distribute impaired riding informational material to state and local law enforcement, Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices, dealerships, rest areas, motorcycle rallies, etc.
  2. Form strategic alliances with the motorcycle rider community, state agencies such as OTS, and private businesses to foster and promote motorcycle safety.
  3. Consider outreach to judges and prosecutors to educate state and local courts on the problem of impaired riding.
  4. Coordinate with the Impaired Driving Prevention Task Force on enforcement strategies and education campaigns and make sure motorcycles are addressed appropriately.
  5. Evaluate the potential effectiveness of legislative approaches such as increased fines, license removal, 28-day program, impound law, lower blood alcohol content (BAC) limit.
Increase the number of riders that are trained and licensed
  1. Review legislative alternatives for training and education, such as requiring insurance companies to mandate license verification or provide discounts for proven protective gear and proof of training, requiring training for repeat offenders, providing optional diversion programs, and requiring mandatory training for licensing.
  2. Increase number of training instructors and facilities and work with motorcycle dealers to provide safety awareness course information with all motorcycle purchases.
Improve motorcycle-friendly roadway design, traffic control, construction, and maintenance policies and practices
  1. Create working group to recommend changes to highway standards for motorcycle needs. Revise design, construction, and maintenance standards to include riders’ needs. Incorporate motorcycle safety considerations into routine roadway inspections. Educate road design and maintenance staff about conditions hazardous to motorcycles.
  2. Develop two-way communication platform to allow riders to notify highway agencies of roadway conditions that present a potential problem to riders and allow highway agencies to provide construction and maintenance updates to riders.
Increase crash survivability through use of appropriate protective gear and improved emergency response
  1. Develop a strategy to support maintaining the helmet law and strengthen helmet standards, such as requiring specific Department of Transportation (DOT) sticker placement to easily identify DOT-approved helmets and eye protection.
  2. Review the existing treatment component in emergency medical services (EMS) personnel training for motorcycle crashes and if necessary, develop a plan to expand the content and number of EMS and enforcement personnel trained.
  3. Conduct helmet- and gear-use study and utilize results in future campaigns to increase awareness and use of DOT-approved helmets (vs. novelty helmets), high-visibility gear, and technology.

Advisory Opinions

The Nevada SHSP Motorcycle Safety Task Force strongly recommends the following Advisory Opinions:

  • Eye Protection for Motorcycle Riders
  • Safety and education for all two- and three-wheeled motorcycle riders


Agendas and Minutes



Motorcycle Safety Task Force Meeting Agenda PDF 09/2019
Motorcycle Safety Task Force Meeting Minutes PDF 06/2019

Fact Sheets

Motorcycle Safety Critical Emphasis Area Fact Sheet PDF 08/2019

Other Documents

Motorcycle Safety Task Force Quarterly Summary Report PDF 05/2018

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