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Department of Public Safety Releases Traffic Priorities

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The Nevada Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement laid out their priorities to reduce fatalities on Nevada roads this year.

Nevada has seen a significant decrease in the number of fatalities on the road last year, and the department of public safety attributes it to several programs.

"Since the launch in 2011 with zero fatalities, we have seen an increase in both awareness and behavioral change, the zero fatalities campaign has been proven that we are impacting people to buckle up, focus, stop on red, be pedestrian safe, and ride safely," said Andrew Bennett, Public Information Officer for the Department of Public Safety.

In 2016 we saw 329 overall traffic fatalities, but in 2017 we saw 24 fewer with 305, which is a 7% decrease, and the first time it has gone down since 2011. The change shows improvement towards the department's goal of zero fatalities’. To get closer to that, the department is bringing law enforcement from across the state together in a 'joining forces' to target driving under the influence throughout the year.

“We work with all these different programs to make sure when we are up here RPD, Sparks, Washoe County, NHP are all hitting impaired driving hard, and hopefully that get the message through both with education and enforcement," said Bennett.

But unfortunately not all the fatality numbers have gone down, last year we saw 100 pedestrian fatalities, an increase by 25 percent compared to 2016. That number is the highest Nevada has seen in its history, and the department aims to make a change.

"This year we have a renewed focus, and pedestrian safety will be at the forefront to make sure we get everyone home safely at the end of the day," said Bennett.

 Officials also want to remind you that it’s not just distracted driving that causes accidents, it can also be distracted walking, so always make sure to pay attention when at a busy intersection.

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