The variety of automotive crash fatalities in Nevada elevated 3.Three p.c from 2019 to 2020, regardless of much less visitors and enormous decreases within the variety of deaths in March and Could, in accordance with the Nevada Workplace of Site visitors Security.

The highest causes for Nevada’s 314 automotive crash fatalities in 2020 had been dashing and impairment, the company mentioned. These additionally had been nationwide points, in accordance with a newly launched report from the Advocates for Freeway and Auto Security. 

In 2020, “roads emptied and drivers put the pedal to the steel at excessive speeds,” mentioned the group’s president, Catherine Chase, in its Annual Roadmap of State Freeway Security Legal guidelines report.

However the advocates’ report signifies Nevada’s legal guidelines may additionally be contributing to danger on the street. The group gave Nevada an total security score of purple for 2021, which means that the “state falls dangerously behind in adoption of [the group’s] advisable optimum legal guidelines.”

That score places Nevada within the backside 12 of states by way of visitors legislation security. Nevada has simply six of the 16 optimum legal guidelines advisable by the Advocates for Freeway and Auto Security.

Nevada is one in all solely 16 states with out a major enforcement entrance seat belt legislation. As an alternative, Nevada has secondary enforcement seat belt legal guidelines, which implies a driver or passenger could also be cited for not sporting a seat belt, however not sporting a seat belt can’t be the first purpose for pulling a automotive over.

Past recommending adoption of major enforcement seat belt legal guidelines for each the entrance and rear of the car, the advocacy group recommends modifications to eight extra state visitors legal guidelines in an effort to enhance motor security. These modifications embrace bettering the state’s booster seat legislation and modifications for teenage driving legal guidelines.

The state deadly information report revealed that Nevada’s uptick in automotive crash fatalities got here regardless of a 39 p.c lower in fatalities in March and a 44 p.c lower in fatalities in Could. The report reveals fatalities rose considerably within the months earlier than the pandemic started and through the summer season months. And from 2019 to 2020, fatalities rose essentially the most in June, rising by 47 p.c.

The advocates’ report signifies that a rise within the fatality charge was a nationwide drawback in 2020. In line with information from the primary half of 2020, “the fatality charge elevated dramatically and it was reported that harmful behaviors equivalent to extreme pace, lack of seat belt use and impaired and distracted driving had been on the rise.”

A scarcity of seat belt use was obvious in Nevada, because the variety of unrestrained driver and passenger fatalities elevated by 20 p.c from 2019 to 2020. 

The Workplace of Site visitors Security has quite a lot of packages in place aimed toward lowering the variety of automotive crash accidents and fatalities on Nevada roadways, together with the impaired driving program and Zero Teen Fatalities program.