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Nevada Highway Patrol undergoes 'I-80 Challenge'
by Tribune Staff
Jul 22, 2013 | 2579 views | 1 1 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SPARKS -- The Nevada Highway Patrol will be partnering with Highway Patrol agencies from California, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey to provide the motoring public with an “I-80 Challenge” from July 24th – July 31, 2013.  State Highway Patrol agencies from all eleven states are challenging the motoring public to do their part in reducing accidents along the 2900-mile stretch of Interstate 80. 

In 2011, more than 21,000 passenger vehicle occupants across the nation were killed in traffic crashes. Of those fatalities, 52 percent were NOT wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes.  Approximately 9,900 people were killed in drunk driving crashes, with more than 3,300 killed in fatal crashes involving a distracted driver, and nearly 10,000 lives were lost in speeding-related crashes.

So far this year 2013 Interstate 80 crash data in Nevada revealed more than 70 crashes (or an average of 5 crashes each day).  Statistically, a serious injury or fatal crash occurs every four days on Interstate 80 in Nevada, and 3% of all crashes were speed related.

The Nevada Highway Patrol will be working with media outreach to create public awareness to remind the motoring public that there will be an increase of law enforcement presence throughout the 410 miles of Interstate 80 for each of the eight days during this challenge.
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Jack Hisey
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July 25, 2013
Check your math. "So far this year 2013 Interstate 80 crash data in Nevada revealed more than 70 crashes (or an average of 5 crashes each day)".

203 days so far in 2013. An average of five crashes a day would equal 1,015 total crashes for 2013, not 70. 203/70 = a crash every 2.9 days. Interstate 80 through Nevada is 410 miles. A crash every 2.9 days across a 410 mile stretch of highway is nothing to cheer about, but I don't think it's all that bad either. I'm just sayin'.
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