Working together to reduce traffic and pedestrian-related deaths in Nevada

Published: Oct. 6, 2020 at 11:55 PM PDT
RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – October is Pedestrian Safety Month and according to the Nevada Department of Public Safety, more than 224 Nevadans have lost their lives on our roads.

Andrew Bennett, Public Information Officer with the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) said, “In Washoe County, we’re experiencing currently a 9% decrease year over year from where we were at this time last year, but that does not reflect the trend as a state. We’re currently up 21% statewide with pedestrian-related fatalities from where we were at this time last year.”

Bennett says rural counties are seeing an even bigger spike in overall deaths, including pedestrians. He added, “Pershing County, Douglas County, Humboldt, and Lander are some of the ones that are up over 100%.”

The leading factors of these incidents among people on foot include darting into the street and crossing where there’s not a crosswalk. As for drivers, impairment, speed, and distracted driving are the main causes, as well as daylight saving time.

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