THE FOUR E’S

Nevada has seen a 41% decrease in roadway fatalities since 2006, due in large part to the “Four E’s” of engineering, enforcement, education and emergency response that contributes to the reduction in fatalities. However, there is an additional E that plays a critical role in reducing fatalities—Everyone. There is only so much that engineers, enforcement officials educators and emergency responders can do. Helping drivers understand their responsibility behind the wheel and following the Road to Zero will save countless lives and get us closer to the goal of Zero Fatalities.

Engineering

Current Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan:

  • Keep vehicles in their lane;
  • Flatten slopes and remove roadside objects;
  • Increase pedestrian safety by constructing sidewalks, refuge islands, and upgrading signals;
  • Develop access management programs;
  • Construct intersection geometric improvements;
  • Increase intersection awareness with traffic control devices; and
  • Provide for traffic signal upgrades and improvements.

Enforcement

Current Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan:

  • Conduct highly publicized Driving Under the Influence (DUI) checkpoints;
  • Seize vehicle/license plate for DUI offenses;
  • Conduct highly publicized seat belt enforcement campaigns and pass a primary seat belt law;
  • Enforce pedestrian laws at high crash areas; and
  • Evaluate implementing automated enforcement.

Education

Current Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan:

  • Supply information on how to maintain vehicles on the roadway;
  • Conduct public service campaigns to reduce impaired driving;
  • Provide subsidized transportation to/from bars, hotels, etc.; and
  • Conduct pedestrian safety education.

Emergency Response

Current Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan:

  • Conduct first responder training for state patrol, maintenance workers, etc.; and
  • Provide ITS technology to reduce response times.