Metro efforts to reduce accidents are paying off

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are trying to reduce bloodshed on our roadways. New data, just released, reveal new crash trends for the first six months of the year.

With traffic accidents, some areas are improving, and other areas are getting worse.

While one fatality is one too many, the numbers are falling.

Metro says 40 people have died in accidents in its jurisdiction this year. That is down 18 percent from this time last year.

It's a huge improvement from 2008, when 113 people died in the first six months of the year. DUI crashes this year are down 27 percent; however, authorities have some things to work on.

This year, six pedestrians have died, that is up 50 percent and 11 motorcycle and moped deaths have sent those numbers up by 38 percent.

Sheriff Doug Gillespie spoke about Metro's efforts at this month's meeting of the Southern Nevada Traffic Safety Committee.

Metro Police are using a strategy known as the three E's to make our roadways safer, that is enforcement, education and engineering.

Enforcement is ticket writing to law breakers. Gillespie says if you know officers are out there with their radar guns, drivers slow down.

On education, he spoke about Metro taking a hard look at its own driving habits, improving after three police officers died in the line of duty.

With engineering, Gillespie says officers actively offer insight with designers about how to improve dangerous intersections or problem areas.

"People tend to look at us as the enforcement arm, which we are, but we're also actively engaged in the education and engineering as well," Sheriff Gillespie said.

A lot of drivers in Las Vegas are getting tickets. Metro says more than 113,000 tickets have been written this year out of close to 130,000 traffic stops.

The sheriff says drivers should slow down, pay attention to what is happening outside the windshield and do not text behind the wheel.


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