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UNLV group looking at reasons behind Nevada crashes

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Since 2015, greater than 300 individuals each year die on Nevada’s roads. The majority of these deadly crashes are in Clark County. Already this year, 38 individuals have been killed in Clark County.

A Traffic Safety Research Group at UNLV’s Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine was simply awarded a $437,101 grant to proceed its work towards understanding and stopping traffic-related accidents and fatalities in Nevada. The grant got here from the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety.

UNLV’s analysis group has created a database utilizing crash knowledge and statewide trauma middle harm knowledge for greater than a decade. The knowledge supplies a deeper understanding of risk-taking behaviors that contribute to deaths and accidents.

Speeding is a significant focus of Nevada’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan.

What the info exhibits is that from 2018 to 2020, 52% of all citations had been speed-related. It additionally exhibits, that between 2015 and 2017 individuals concerned in higher-speed crashes, 70 or extra mph, had extra extreme accidents and better hospital payments. The analysis additionally exhibits that 73% of pedestrians who’re injured in crashes dwell in lower-income neighborhoods and 12% hit by a car find yourself dying and one in 5 require long-term nursing or rehab care. The median hospital cost was $61,000.

According to the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine, “the analysis provided by the Traffic Safety Research Group gives evidence-based information so the public can make safe choices and state and local agencies can develop safety policies that will save lives and prevent injuries.”

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