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Pedestrian fatalities down, vehicle fatalities up in Clark County

Clark County saw a 13-percent dip in pedestrian deaths this year compared to the same time period last year, the Nevada Departments of Public Safety and Transportation reported Tuesday.

Between Jan. 1 and Nov. 15 of 2014, 45 pedestrians died in fatal crashes. In 2015, six fewer people died.

Motorcycles fatalities also dipped, according to the report. For the same time period, 36 people died in motorcycle crashes last year compared to 25 this year. That represented a 30-percent drop.

Though alcohol-related fatalities also dipped — there were 10 percent less this year in the county — the number of people in vehicles who died in wrecks went up by nearly 45 percent.

Last year, the report shows 56 drivers or passengers died in county wrecks. This year, 81 did.

In terms of percentages, bike deaths surged the most. Three bicyclists died in crashes in Clark County through Nov. 15 of 2014. This year, eight died — a nearly 167 percent increase.

In February, the transportation department committed $10 million to pedestrian safety projects, according to Tuesday’s announcement. The department attributed the results of that project, such as better lighting and more crosswalk, to the dip in pedestrian deaths.

Contact Rachel Crosby at rcrosby@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5290. Find her on Twitter: @rachelacrosby

 

 

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