Nevada roads have seen a decrease in fatal crashes through the first three months of 2019.
In March, there were 20 deaths resulting from 20 crashes, according to Nevada Department of Public Safety data. That’s a 28.6 percent year-over-year decrease in the number of deaths and a 26 percent drop in fatal crashes.
In January through March, the number of deaths decreased 25 percent compared with 2018, with 60 fatalities resulting from 58 crashes. In 2018 there were 80 fatalities resulting from 74 crashes in the first three months, according to the Department of Public Safety.
Clark County’s numbers mirror the statewide drop, as through March there were 43 road-related deaths countywide compared with 52 during the same period in 2018 —a 25 percent dip. There were 42 fatal crashes, down from 2018’s 52 (a 19.2 percent dip).
Unrestrained-occupant deaths have seen a sizable decrease, as seven statewide traffic deaths resulted from passengers not wearing seat belts, a 68.2 percent drop from 2018’s 22 unrestrained passenger deaths. In Clark County, three deaths came as a result of passengers not wearing seat belts, a 78.2 percent decrease from the 14 seen through March last year.
Pedestrian deaths statewide were up slightly, with 20 occurring this year, a 5 percent increase over the 19 seen through March last year. In Clark County, the number of pedestrian deaths decreased 12.5 percent during the first three months of 2019, with 14 deaths compared with the 16 seen through the same time last year.
The decrease through the first quarter of 2019 is welcome news to officials, as 2018 was the deadliest year on state roads in 10 years with 331 fatalities.
Andrew Bennett, Department of Public Safety spokesman, warned that the deadliest stretch of the year is still to come.
“We are encouraged to see the decrease, but historically Nevada experiences an increase in fatalities from Memorial Day to Labor Day,” Bennett said. “It’s important to every day to think about traffic safety and put yourself in the best position to get home safely.”