Police see drop in teen driver-related deaths in Summer 2014

LAS VEGAS - The 100 Deadliest Days of Summer are over. The annual campaign promotes teen driver safety from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

New data indicate Clark County teens are being safer behind the wheel.

The number of deadly crashes involving teen drivers is down in Clark County. Overall, however, the number of traffic deaths was higher this summer compared with last summer.

According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, two young people died on the road this summer. Both crashes happened in the northern part of the state. NHP did not report any traffic deaths involving teen drivers in southern Nevada.

Last summer, four Nevada teens died on the road. All of those accidents occurred in Clark County.

"A majority of the fatalities, unfortunately, that occur in the state of Nevada do occur in Las Vegas and the Clark County area because of the high population and volume of vehicles and people traveling in and out of the city," said NHP Trooper Chelsea Webster.

Troopers say 87 people died during the 100 deadliest days of summer. Fifty two were in Clark County. That's up from last year when 74 people died in the state, and 42 died in the valley.

NHP says the number of non-fatal car crashes is also up. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, NHP responded to nearly 4,500 calls.


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