Nevada: Traffic Deaths Nearing Another Record, But Why?

Just under 30 people a month are dying in traffic accidents in Nevada.

By October 31, 286 people had died in traffic-related incidents. If that rate holds until the end of the year, Nevada will have seen a record number of people die in traffic. Those numbers include pedestrians, motorcyclist and drivers.

The question is why are the numbers so high in a state with about 3 million people?

Erin Breen has been working on the problem of traffic safety for more than 20 years. She is the Coordinator of the Traffic Safety Coalition at UNLV.

Her latest effort is the Vulnerable Road User’s Project. The project focuses on motorcyclists and pedestrians because they are only about 5 percent of the overall traffic, but they account for 60 percent fatalities.