CARSON CITY — There were 256 fatal accidents on state roads in 2010, according to numbers released Monday by the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), an increase of 21 from the previous year.
This initial number shows a small increase from the 243 Nevada traffic deaths in 2009, the lowest state traffic fatalities in more than 20 years, according to NDOT.
There were 30 traffic deaths in Washoe County in 2010, a rise from 21 fatalities in 2009.
“These are so much more than numbers,” Traci Pearl, administrator of the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety, said in a written statement. “Any rise in fatalities is truly tragic, and the loss and toll on individuals and families across the state is something no one should have to endure. Although these numbers are lower than Nevada’s high of 434 roadway deaths in 2006, we as transportation and safety professionals will continue working every day to make roads as safe as possible with engineering, enforcement, education and
emergency medical solutions. But the most important part is for all motorists to do their part by always driving safely and attentively and wearing seat belts.”
Since 2006, many safety strategies have been implemented on Nevada roads, including more than 2,000 miles of centerline rumble strips installed on state freeways, road safety audits to enhance traffic safety, continuing installation of pedestrian walking countdown timers at about 120 crosswalks throughout northern Nevada, the state’s first pedestrian safety action plan and child passenger safety training for all peace officers statewide, to name a few.
Many of the traffic safety initiatives are part of the Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). Overseen by NDOT, the SHSP brings Nevada traffic and safety agencies together to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries with the ultimate goal of zero traffic deaths on Nevada roads.
Following these safety efforts and other factors, traffic deaths dropped from an all-time high of 434 in 2006 to 256 in 2010, according to NDOT.
To learn more about Nevada traffic safety, visit www.drivesafenv.com or www.ots.state.nv.us, or call 775-684-7470.