Between 2013 and 2017, 335 unbelted vehicle occupants lost their lives and 1,115 were seriously injured in crashes on Nevada roadways. The goal of the Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is to reach zero fatalities. Nevada’s Occupant Protection Critical Emphasis Area Fact Sheet provides information on who was involved in fatal and serious injury unbelted-occupant 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 unbelted-occupant crashes in efforts to reach our goal of zero fatalities.

Task Force Leaders

Scott Swain, Nevada Department of Public Safety – Office of Traffic Safety
Vice Chair
Karen Sprattler, Kimley-Horn


March 26, 2020 – Occupant Protection Task Force Meeting

Strategies and Action Steps

Analyze data, prepare documents, and disseminate information to support seat belt use
  1. Improve the quality, availability, integration, and analysis of University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNSOM) seat belt-related data. Disseminate/share UNSOM Trauma data via the Zero Fatalities website.
  2. Involve University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) seat belt-use observation data and survey results in documents for dissemination (on Zero Fatalities website, etc.).
  3. Analyze seat belt attitudinal/observation data and unbelted-occupant fatal crash characteristics of non-users to identify local target groups, identify countermeasures to reach those target groups, and ensure countermeasures are implemented within a given time frame.
  4. Reach out to four tribal communities to improve Child Passenger Safety (CPS) use.
  5. Create clearinghouse of education and analysis publicized to partners.
Maximize proper seat belt use with enforcement and public outreach campaigns
  1. Educate young drivers on safe behaviors through school education programs and teen safe-driving messages through statewide “Zero Teen Fatalities” safe driving programs/competitions.
  2. Conduct additional public outreach in English and Spanish throughout the year and use additional non-traditional media venues, such as Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, online gaming, dynamic message signs (DMS), fast food establishment sponsorships (in store displays, marquees), etc. Messaging should communicate the seat belt law and its strict enforcement.
  3. Use community-oriented policing strategies for the Hispanic community, with the goal of reducing the disproportionate number of Hispanic drivers and victims involved in traffic-related crashes.
Analyze data and prepare documents to support occupant protection legislation
  1. Prepare a plan to pass legislation in 2018 to update Nevada’s seat belt law (NRS 484D.495). This update will call for primary enforcement consistent with all other traffic laws and provide support to local primary seatbelt laws prior to a state primary law.
  2. Prepare a plan to pass legislation in 2018 to increase the age of children covered under Nevada’s child passenger safety law to at least eight years old (or 80 pounds or 56″) to be consistent with current best practices.
  3. Prepare plan to pass legislation in 2018 that requires young drivers and their passengers to use seat belts as a condition for continued licensure within Nevada’s graduated driver licensing system.

Advisory Opinions

Based on national research and the potential for saving lives throughout the state, the Nevada SHSP Occupant Protection Task Force strongly recommends the following Advisory Opinion:

  • Upgrade NRS 484D.495 to a Primary Seat Belt Law


Agendas and Minutes



Occupant Protection Task Force Meeting Agenda PDF 12/2019
Occupant Protection Task Force Meeting Minutes PDF 09/2019

Fact Sheets

Occupant Protection Critical Emphasis Area Fact Sheet PDF 08/2019

Other Documents

Safe Kids Car Seat Posters PDF 09/2019
Occupant Protection Task Force Quarterly Summary Report PDF 05/2018
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2016 Occupant Protection in Passenger Vehicles Traffic Safety Facts PDF 02/2018
Traffic Safety Facts – Guidelines to Observe and Estimate Statewide Seat Belt Use at Night PDF 03/2010
Zero Fatalities A Goal We Can All Live With – A UDOT and DPS Program PDF

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