Careless driving doesn’t just affect one person. See how more than one life is changed forever in this tragic story. And remember, when you’re out on Nevada’s roads, slow down and stop on red.
THE FACTS ABOUT STOPPING ON RED
Between 2011 and 2015 309 people lost their lives in intersection-related crashes in Nevada.
Between 2011 and 2015 2,377 INJURED in intersection-related crashes in Nevada.
Between 2011 and 2015 75% of the intersection-related fatalities and injuries occurred in Clark County.
Caution: 1 in 5 admit to running a red light in the last ten intersections.
While not all intersection incidents are due to red-light-running, people run red lights for the same reason they perform other unsafe driving habits at intersections: distraction, inattention, speeding and aggressive driving.
In Nevada, as in other states, the main reason for all the unsafe driving at intersections is simple: people are in a hurry. Too often, the traffic signal’s yellow light has come to symbolize "hurry up" instead of "prepare to stop."
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Stop on red and look right before turning on green.
Look both ways before entering an intersection.
Signal every turn and lane change.
Make a complete stop at traffic signals and stop signs.
Yield to other drivers and to bicyclists and pedestrians.
KNOW THE LAW
You are allowed to turn right on a red light after coming to a full stop, unless otherwise posted. You must be in the extreme right-hand lane and yield to pedestrians and all traffic moving through the intersection.
For left turns, more and more intersections have flashing yellow arrows. Here’s how they work:
- When flashing, a vehicle is allowed to cautiously enter an intersection only to make the turn indicated by the arrow, but the driver must first yield to oncoming traffic and pedestrians, then proceed with caution.
- After it flashes, the yellow arrow becomes steady (non-flashing) or a green arrow. Treat the steady yellow arrow just like a standard yellow light—prepare to stop or safely clear the intersection before the red light appears.
UNDERSTANDING THE FLASHING YELLOW ARROW TURN SIGNAL
Steady Red Arrow
Drivers must stop and may not enter the intersection.
Steady Green Arrow
Drivers making a turn have the right-of-way.
Steady Yellow Arrow
Drivers are warned the turning signal is about to turn red. Do not enter the intersection if you can stop safely. Vehicles in the intersection should safely complete their turns.
Flashing Yellow Arrow
Drivers are allowed to turn after yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians. (Oncoming traffic has a green light.) Drivers must determine if there is an adequate gap before turning.