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A Troubling Increase at Nevada Intersections

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How many times has Reno Police Sergeant Joe Robinson seen drivers run red lights? "Every day. All the time. You know, people get impatient at intersections. They have to wait for the red light. They'll see yellow and they'll speed to try to make it."

It's a recipe for disaster. Between 2008 and 2012, 371 people lost their lives in intersection crashes on Nevada roadways. 3,055 were left injured. And the numbers are going up: from 65 fatalities in 2008, to 84 in 2012.

We met Sgt. Robinson at Reno's top trouble spot: the corner of Kietzke and Moana. Standing on the sidewalk alongside rushing, merging cars, he told us, "We've had 29 accidents here over the past year involving 62 vehicles. 29 accidents in this spot alone, just from December to today!"

It only took a few minutes for our camera to catch drivers on cellphones, and several people making the slowdown without stopping. At this intersection, it's not hard to spot cars that run on yellow, and red. It happens on quiet streets too. We met Cheryl Johnson at the corner of Taylor and Wheeler, where 4 years ago an 18-year old driver killed her daughter. As Cheryl pointed out where it happened, she told us, "He blew through the stop sign, t-boned my daughter and into the front steps of this house over here."

Jayme Lynn Caudle was working 2 jobs, 1 full time and one part time to pay for her own education. She was taking classes in criminal justice, and lived just 4 blocks from where her life ended. She was only 31. Cheryl describes her as independent and strong, but it all ended at Taylor and Wheeler. She left behind a 6-year old son. As Cheryl told us, "This is how it ended. I had a 6-year old grandson left without a mom...I found out how many friends she had."

Sergeant Joe Robinson thinks it's possible lives can be saved...if drivers change: "They should be taking their time, being patient, and leaving in plenty of time to your destination so you're not in a rush." That hope, is what brought Cheryl out to talk with us. As she said, "By paying attention to what you're doing...these things wouldn't happen."

-written by John Potter

The state's Zero Fatalities campaign is designed to remind all drivers to stop on red. There's a website with stories like Jayme's that you may want to show your young driver. Click it here:

www.stoponrednv.com

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