Nevada’s road fatalities rose in 2020 despite pandemic
As 2020 comes to a close, transportation officials hope the Las Vegas Valley can leave the “worst year ever” in its rearview mirror.
Despite a 78-day shutdown of hotel-casinos in the state and many people working from home, 2020 still has seen more fatalities on state roads than 2019, according to Andrew Bennett, Nevada Department of Public Safety spokesman.
Unofficially, there have been 305 fatalities on state roads this year, surpassing 2019’s total of 304. This puts the momentum heading in the wrong direction, as 2019’s total was a 14 percent reduction from 2018’s road fatality count of 324.