[Winnemucca, NV] The state’s two largest counties have seen 29 lives lost since the New Year. Clark County has had 26 pedestrian deaths while Washoe County has had 3 pedestrian deaths. These pedestrians are without the benefit of a vehicle to buffer them, or “vulnerable road users”. As is true with 99 percent of all crashes, these tragedies were preventable:
Reminding all road users to follow some of the most basic rules of the road will save lives:
- Use intersections and marked mid-block crosswalks only.
- Between dusk and dawn, wear bright clothing or accessories that can be seen at night.
- Continue to look for oncoming traffic until the other side of the road is reached.
- Make eye contact with drivers before stepping into the street.
- Obey speed limits and know when conditions warrant even slower speeds, including streets that are not well lit.
- Check intersections and mid-block crosswalks for waiting pedestrians, and yield to them.
- Make eye contact with pedestrians waiting to cross the street.
No matter what form of transportation you use, take responsibility for others around you and respect their right to use the road. Make sure that you are predictable, alert, and focused on your safety and on the safety of those around you.
Law enforcement statewide will be Joining Forces August 6 – 24th, 2018 to enforce pedestrian laws for both drivers and pedestrians. Joining Forces, a multi-agency, highly visible enforcement program designed to improve driver behavior will be concentrating efforts to keep pedestrians safe by issuing citations to those breaking traffic laws during this special event.
Winnemucca Police Department, Dedicated to Your Safety
The Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety advises motorists and pedestrians to share the road, stay alert, be aware of your surroundings and abide by laws designed to protect all road users.
Courtesy: Nevada Department of Public Safety