The 4th Annual Zero Fatalities for Children Traveling to School media week was held in Clark County August 7th through 11th. The event highlighted the ways children travel to school, and brought together all of the safety partners to address each travel mode as a group. This made it easy for everyone to participate and to get media coverage. This year, Clark County had media coverage throughout the week, generating dozens of stories (in both English and Spanish) on television, on the radio, and in print. Continue reading “Zero Fatalities for Children Traveling to School”
Teens contribute to and are injured or killed from vehicle crashes in the U.S. at an alarming rate. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for youth ages 15-20. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) (Young Drivers: 2015 Data – Traffic Safety Facts, 2017): in 2015, 1,886 15- to 20-year old drivers were killed and an additional 195,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes. Drivers ages 15-20 account for 5.4% of all licensed drivers in the U.S. but are involved in 9% of all fatal crashes. Continue reading “Teen Driver Safety – New Young Drivers Critical Emphasis Area”
Higher Learning for College-Aged Drivers
With car crashes continuing to be the number one killer of young adults in the U.S., this August the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety under the Zero Teen Fatalities umbrella launched the Zero101 program. Zero101 is an interactive program that teaches college-aged drivers about the importance of being safe behind the wheel. Our goal is to eliminate needless traffic deaths through safety education and reinforcement. The Zero101 presentation includes a 60-minute, multi-media presentation that helps college-aged drivers learn how to succeed on the road, including focusing on the behaviors defined in the SHSP.
For more information on Zero101, please visit Zero101NV.com.
This school year Zero Teen Fatalities launched new sub-program designed to keep teen drivers safe on the road. Cars and Cops is a 45-minute, hands-on interactive high school event that partners with local automotive maintenance providers and local law enforcement to teach teens about basic automobile maintenance and what to expect when interacting with local law enforcement. Continue reading “Cars and Cops Program”
Fatalities are up in Nevada, especially for those on foot. We have committed people working diligently to stop this trend, and they are looking at applying a new approach. Vision Zero (VZ) was born in Sweden twenty years ago, and is given credit for reducing fatalities in Sweden and the European Union (EU) by 90 percent! Continue reading “What’s Trending: Vision Zero – Laying the Foundation in Nevada”
Ken Smith from Fox 5’s “Ken’s Cone Zone” in Las Vegas recently covered a news story about the new decorative median fencing installed along the raised median on Charleston Boulevard between Nellis Boulevard and Lamb Boulevard. NDOT has committed millions of dollars to pedestrian safety projects throughout the Las Vegas Valley, including $2.4 million in upgrades along Charleston Boulevard. Continue reading “Ken’s Cone Zone Supports NDOT Pedestrian Safety Projects”
To continue to spread the message of Zero Fatalities and pedestrian safety in Nevada, NDOT (in partnership with City of Reno, City of Sparks, RTC Washoe County, Washoe County School District, and the University of Nevada, Reno) has installed pedestrian sidewalk decals around the Truckee Meadows area to remind the community of pedestrian safety. Continue reading “Follow Up: Pedestrian Sidewalk Decals Installed in Northern Nevada”
Every year, to fulfill federal requirements, the Office of Traffic Safety is required to publish a Highway Safety Plan. These annual plans help inform key stakeholders and the public about statewide grant-funded projects and performance measure trends and targets. Nevada’s Highway Safety Plan was recently approved by the NHTSA and can be found on the OTS website.
The 2017 Nevada Traffic Safety Summit was held on May 23-25 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno. An annual gathering of traffic safety partners, industry professionals, educators, and advocates, Summit attendees met to discuss the challenges of traffic safety with respect to the ever-changing world around us. This year’s focus was to share best practices and ways we can work together to achieve a “Better Nevada Down the Road.” Approximately 250 representatives of the five “E’s” of traffic safety (Engineering, Enforcement, Education, Emergency Medical Services, and Everyone) attended this year’s safety summit. Continue reading “Nevada Traffic Safety Summit”