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NDOT: Washoe County Traffic Fatalities Rise

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From the Nevada Department of Transportation:

While the number of statewide traffic deaths dropped slightly in the first half of 2014 compared to the same time last year, traffic fatalities in Washoe and many rural Nevada counties saw a staggering increase, the Nevada Departments of Public Safety and Transportation report.

Preliminary numbers show that 124 traffic fatalities occurred on Nevada roads in the first half of 2014 through July 7, a decrease of nine deaths over the same time last year.  But, amid a statewide decrease, Washoe County traffic fatalities jumped 100 percent. Washoe was among eight Nevada counties seeing an increase in traffic fatalities during the first half of 2014:


Elko              800% increase:  8 fatalities in first half of 2014, 0 fatalities in first half of 2013   
Lyon              600% increase:  6 fatalities in first half of 2014, 0 fatalities in first half of 2013   
Eureka          300% increase:  3 fatalities in first half of 2014, 0 fatalities in first half of 2013   
Humboldt    300% increase:  4 fatalities in first half of 2014, 1 fatality in first half of 2013   
Lander          300% increase:  3 fatalities in first half of 2014, 0 fatalities in first half of 2013   
Churchill      100% increase:  1 fatality in first half of 2014, 0 fatalities in first half of 2013   
Storey          100% increase:  1 fatality in first half of 2014, 0 fatalities in first half of 2013
Washoe       100% increase:  22 fatalities in first half of 2014, 11 fatalities in first half of 2013  
 
“These are so much more than numbers. The loss and toll on individuals and families is monumental for each and every traffic fatality, which is why Nevada’s goal is zero fatalities,” Nevada Department of Transportation Director Rudy Malfabon explained. “We continue working together to put strategies in place to save lives and prevent serious injury. Specifically in rural areas, we install centerline rumble strips and put many other traffic safety enhancements in place. But, traffic safety ultimately relies on each and every person on the road, and we’re reminding everyone to be safe every time they’re on the road.”

“There’s also been a statewide increase in traffic deaths involving motorcycles this year,” Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Dave Gibson added. “It’s so important to pay attention and share the road at all times. That means always watching out for other vehicles and pedestrians and always focusing on the road. And of course, buckling up is one of the most important things you can do for safety in a vehicle.”

Overall, Nevada traffic fatalities dropped to 267 in 2013 after reaching an all-time high of 432 in 2006 when the Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan was developed. The plan brings Nevada traffic and safety advocates together to implement strategies for cutting the yearly traffic fatality average in half by 2030, with the ultimate goal of zero traffic deaths on Nevada roads.


Motorists should always follow these safe driving tips:

Always Buckle Up

Don’t Drive Impaired

Be Pedestrian Safe

Focus on the Road

Stop on Red

     To learn more about Nevada traffic safety, log on to www.zerofatalitiesnv.com.

From the Nevada Department of Transportation

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