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Nevada Highway Patrol - Southern Command
Monday January 14th, 2013 :: 09:48 a.m. PST


Nevada Traffic Fatalities Rise in 2012

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Nevada Departments of Public Safety and Transportation are reminding motorists to drive safely after Nevada traffic deaths rose slightly in 2012 over the previous year.
Preliminary numbers show that 258 traffic fatalities occurred on Nevada roads in 2012, an increase of 12 deaths compared to the previous year. Although they rose in 2012, annual Nevada traffic fatalities have trended down after reaching an all-time high of 432 in 2006.
While the number of fatalities rose, serious traffic injuries were down in 2012, with a preliminary number of more than 725 serious traffic injuries in 2012 compared to 1,222 in 2011.
The Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan brings Nevada traffic and safety advocates together to implement enforcement, engineering, emergency medical and educational strategies for cutting the yearly traffic fatality average in half by 2030, with the ultimate goal of zero fatalities on Nevada roads.
“Agencies and organizations across the state are working together and continually putting enhancements in place to save lives and prevent serious injury on Nevada roads,” Nevada Department of Transportation Director Rudy Malfabon explained. “But ultimately, reaching zero fatalities relies on each and every person. When we think of ourselves, our friends and our family, one traffic death is too many. That’s why it is so important that we each be safe every time we’re on the road.”
“Pedestrian deaths are unfortunately up this year, and it’s important that both drivers and pedestrians be safe and share the road,” Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremie Elliot added. “And wearing a seat belt is still statistically one of the most important things you can do to help save your life and reduce injuries in a crash. It truly comes down to always focusing on the road and being safe while driving, walking or riding.”
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