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Nevada Traffic Fatalities Decline Slightly in 2013

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Law enforcement is reminding you to always drive safely and unimpaired on the roads.

That message is part of a continuing campaign by the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) to have zero fatalities.

While traffic related deaths were at an all-time high in 2006 with 432, since then, it's gone down considerably.

NDOT released some new statistics on fatal crashes in the Silver State. They report 259 deaths last year, which is three less compared to 2012.

"Although the numbers were reduced, that's not the goal we want to meet," said Lt. Carl Johnson with the Nevada Highway Patrol. "We want to meet the goal of zero fatalities, so none of our loved ones are involved in any of these crashes."

Pedestrian deaths have gone up by 7, which is an 11.86% increase. Meanwhile, fatalities involving a motorcycle have seen a 34% raise. Bicycle deaths have increased by 133% with 7 last year. There were 3 in 2012.

"Whether we're on a bicycle, whether we're driving behind the wheel of a car, just watch out for each other and share the road," said Meg Ragonese, Public Information Officer for NDOT. "Be pedestrian safe."

Alcohol-related deaths have gone down 32% with 63 in 2013 (93 in 2012).

"I think it's just kind of an example of how everyone has been educated and come to understand how dangerous alcohol can be," Ragonese said.

NDOT has been working with different agencies to decrease fatalities on the roadways.

"We're really out there every day reminding people to drive safely," Ragonese said. "How important it is to focus on the road, to share the road, to be intersection-safe, to always buckle up, and not drive impaired."

In recent years, safety improvements have been installed in different areas, including crosswalk timers and flashing yellow left-turn lights where the driver can only turn after there isn't oncoming traffic and pedestrians crossing the street.

NDOT has also worked on educational pieces to bring awareness to its Zero Fatalities campaign. Officials say it's had a good response.

"More than 50 percent of Nevadans have specifically seen Zero Fatalities ads and can even recall exactly what those ads have said," Ragonese said.

According to a study done by NDOT, 95 percent of Nevadans saw the Zero Fatalities message an average of 25.3 times in 2012.

Some have even signed their name on a poster inside the NDOT office pledging to drive safely, checking their surroundings for pedestrians, bicyclists and other vehicles, along with not being impaired or distracted.

"It's important to pay attention to what's going on in your lane," Lt. Johnson said. "What's going on in your car, not using the cell phone."

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Written by Adam Varahachaikol


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