Preliminary numbers released Monday show that 57 traffic fatalities occurred on Nevada roads in January, February and March, an increase of 11 deaths over the same time last year.
Officials are reminding motorists to always drive safely.
“One death on Nevada roads is absolutely too many, and we are working together to reach zero fatalities,” Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) Director Susan Martinovich said. “Safety stakeholders across the state are implementing strategies to save lives. But, traffic safety ultimately relies on each and every driver.”
“Wearing a seat belt is critical, every trip, every time,” said Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) Trooper Chuck Allen. “The two seconds it takes each vehicle occupant to buckle up may end up saving a life or reducing the level of injuries sustained during an unplanned event. Also, don’t drive impaired and always designate a safe and sober driver. Pay attention at all times while driving, whether it’s for pedestrians, at intersections or for anything else that may happen on the road. Lastly, minimizing distractions while driving maximizes the safety of each journey.”
Overall, Nevada traffic fatalities dropped to 246 in 2011 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.
“Nevada’s ‘Zero Fatalities’ traffic safety goal is about making a decision each time you’re on the road as a driver, bicyclist or pedestrian,” said Traci Pearl of the Nevada Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety. “How many deaths are OK in your family circle? Zero. It’s about deciding to always drive safely for yourself, your family and everyone else on the road.”
To learn more about Nevada traffic safety, visit www.zerofatalitiesnv.com or call 684-7470.