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NV traffic dept. sets lofty, admirable goal for road fatalities

Some people aren’t aware of the prevalence of fatalities occurring on Nevada roads today. Whether cars are piling up, motorcyclists are being thrown from their bike or trucks wreaking havoc on nearby vehicles, traffic deaths have gotten completely out of control. In the words of the Office of Traffic Safety, there are so many deaths on the roads, “that’s sort of an equivalent of a jumbo jet falling out of the sky every week and crashing and killing everyone on board.” This is how serious road fatalities have become, and this puts Reno residents, who use these roads, in danger.

According to state statistics, 326 people lost their lives on Nevada roads, just last year. That’s almost 1 person per day. According to the state safety and traffic departments, and most people would agree, this number is completely unacceptable. There are ways to prevent these deaths by cutting down on dangerous driver behaviors that cause car accidents, like drunk driving and distracted driving, to name a few. Because of the high death toll, the state departments have set a goal to cut Nevada road fatalities in half by the year 2030.

The aggressive desire for a cut-down in road fatalities is a direct response to the way road fatalities have climbed in Nevada over the last several years. In 2013, there were 262 fatalities. In 2014, 296 people died on Nevada roads.

How the Nevada state departments plan to reach this admirable goal, has yet to be seen. Hopefully, they will succeed, sooner rather than later. Awareness of a problem is the first step in solving it. Hopefully, the awareness of road fatalities can help to make them less prevalent in Nevada by 50% in the year 2030.

Source: news3lv.com, “Nevada safety officials aim to cut number of traffic deaths in half by 2030,” Christine Kim, May 25, 2016

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