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Clark County Analysis Reveals an Increase in Pedestrian Fatalities

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, December 30, 2022 5:58 am

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (702 Times, NV Globe) – The increase in pedestrian accidents in Clark County over the past few years has prompted officials to investigate the causes of the alarming trend and potential solutions.

Locals have declared enough is enough following the latest tragedy on Boulder Highway and Russell on Wednesday.

“[My] best friend also got hit by a car on Boulder Highway,” resident Jadoshi Lewis told . “If you are jaywalking it is definitely not safe,” they added.

“The speed limit Is 45. From here to Galleria there are no crosswalks,” Lewis also pointed out.

Data, according to Andrew Bennett of the county’s office of road safety, reveal a worrisome statistic.

“Our research shows that 90% of the pedestrian fatalities across the state of Nevada, happened in Clark County. Pedestrian fatalities occur on streets that have high speeds.”

In its recently issued Clark County Strategic Traffic Safety Plan, the county has been examining how to reduce fatalities brought on by roads as well as how to curb the surge in pedestrian fatalities.

Some statistics show that since 2019, the number of pedestrian deaths has increased both nationwide and in Clark County.

The location where they’ve occurred since 2017 is shown on the map below.

A trail of occurrences that occurred along Boulder Highway, Flamingo, Desert Inn, and North Las Vegas Boulevard are shown on the map.

Added patterns?
Most accidents involve people between the ages of 51 and 60.

What steps are being taken to stop this fatal trend?
According to Bennett, the County is closely examining whether speed limits on roadways should be changed, if drivers need more lights, and how to make crossing the street safer and simpler.

Changes will be implemented in conjunction with local governments and police departments around the Las Vegas Valley.

The full streets strategy, according to Bennett, “ensures that we, you know, go beyond just basic facilities for all road users and makes sure we have walkways, bike lanes, and roadways accessible for all various road users.”

The entire plan is anticipated to be finished by the end of 2023.

Credits: Fox 5 Vegas

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