The Nevada Highway Patrol and other authorities are coming together in the “Joining Forces” campaign that aims to remind drivers and pedestrians alike that roadway safety is a shared responsibility.
Both pedestrians and motorists can expect to get a ticket if they violate traffic laws or behave in an unsafe manner between Oct. 12 and Oct. 18 this year.
Why the renewed push for traffic enforcement?
With more than two months to go in 2021, Nevada has already had more traffic-related fatalities than it had in 2019, and fatalities are up an incredible 28% over this time last year — a figure that indicates the number of deaths will exceed the total for 2020 as well.
Authorities have verified that there have been 289 people killed on Nevada roads so far this year. While they acknowledge that it will take changes in road design and some re-engineering to make substantial, lasting changes, the upcoming enforcement efforts are a visible reminder to drivers and pedestrians alike that they need to be cautious.
Here are some basic reminders everybody should know:
- Traffic signs exist for a reason. Drivers who “jump a red light” or blast through an intersection when the light is yellow are putting themselves and other people at risk. Pedestrians who don’t use crosswalks or won’t wait for the “Walk” signal are stepping into danger when they step into the road.
- Distractions are your enemy. If you’re walking, keep your eyes off your phone as you cross the street and at least one ear “headphone-free” at all times so you can listen for traffic. If you’re driving, put your phone away, ignore the radio and don’t take your eyes off the road.
- Visibility is key to survival. If you’re driving, use your lights — even during the day — for better visibility. If you’re walking, wear bright or reflective clothing and try to stick to lighted areas.
Ultimately, no matter how hard you try, you can’t protect yourself against every possibility — and that includes drivers who aren’t very conscientious. If you’re injured in an accident caused by a negligent or reckless driver, find out more about your legal options.