U.S. 50, dubbed the 'Loneliest' road, gets NHP attention

CARSON CITY — The Nevada Highway Patrol is promising stepped-up enforcement during the next several weeks on a highway known as the nation’s loneliest road.

Agency officials say a multi-jurisdictional “Joining Forces” effort will focus on stretches of U.S. Highway 50 through central Nevada through Aug. 12.

Troopers, sheriff’s deputies and police plan to look for motorists who are speeding, distracted, driving under the influence, talking or texting on hand-held cell phones and changing lanes unsafely.

Funding for the program comes from a grant received from the Nevada Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.

U.S. 50 was dubbed the “loneliest road in America” in a 1986 Life magazine article.