JAYME'S STORY

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 2008 and 2012
371
LIVES LOST
in intersection-related crashes
in Nevada.
Between 2008 and 2012
3,055
INJURED
in intersection-related crashes
in Nevada.

Between 2008 and 2012
79%
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

Slow down.

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 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.

Steady Green Arrow
Drivers making a turn have the right-of-way.

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.



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