A new study by carInsurance.org has found Nevada to be ranked the 5th in the nation for most pedestrian deaths by motor vehicles. The study researched data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) for the years 2013 through 2017. The study found that nationwide, pedestrian deaths have increased by 25% over those years.
This report also provided some interesting statistics regarding pedestrian deaths nationwide. The most likely hours for pedestrian/vehicle fatalities, is between 6 PM and Midnight. And be careful on Saturday; that’s the day of the week when the most pedestrian deaths take place. The age group most likely to be affected is 75 year olds and higher, with the second highest group 45 to 55 year olds.
A different local study enhances the findings
The LV Sun reports that a different study performed by the UNLV Center for Crime and Justice, analyzing 2018 data from LV Metro, found that traffic fatalities in Clark County were at their highest in a decade during that year, with about 56 of those fatalities being pedestrians.
The UNLV study found that the most dangerous intersection in Clark County is Sahara Avenue and Decatur Boulevard. A car crash occurs there about once per week. But by far the most dangerous stretch of road in Clark County and in all of Nevada for pedestrians is Boulder Highway. Nearly 10% of all pedestrian deaths in Nevada occur on Boulder Highway.
While many factors combine to create this dangerous pedestrian zone, Erin Breen of the Traffic Safety Coalition, calls the Boulder Highway, Nellis Blvd, and Flamingo Road intersection, the “trifecta of doom.” With three major thoroughfares intersecting in this single location, the speed of traffic on this section of road, the width of the street for pedestrians to cross and insufficient lighting have combined to create a pedestrian-hostile environment.
Breen says that Boulder Highway, which was designed to move workers from the Las Vegas train station on Fremont Street at the time to the Boulder Dam (Hoover Dam) project through mostly rural areas in the 1930’s, was only designed to move cars, not foot traffic. Nevada Department of Transportation has invested $1.5 million in safety improvements for pedestrians at eight locations so far. Much has been done to improve pedestrian safety along the corridor, but much remains to be done.
If you are a pedestrian on any street in the Las Vegas metro area, be alert, and don’t push your luck. If you’re a driver on the streets of Las Vegas, keep an eye out for pedestrians.
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