RENO, NV – The Nevada Highway Patrol is working with states across the U.S. to try and lower the number of accidents every year on Interstate 80. The “I-80 Challenge” will be from July 24-31st.
NHP will be partnering up with Highway Patrol agencies from California, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. According to a press release, the agencies from all eleven states are challenging the motoring public to do their part in reducing accidents along the 2900-mile stretch of Interstate 80.
In 2011, more than 21,000 passenger vehicle occupants across the nation were killed in traffic crashes. Of those fatalities, 52 percent were NOT wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes. Approximately 9,900 people were killed in drunk driving crashes, with more than 3,300 killed in fatal crashes involving a distracted driver, and nearly 10,000 lives were lost in speeding-related crashes.
So far this year 2013 Interstate 80 crash data in Nevada revealed more than 70 crashes. Statistically, a serious injury or fatal crash occurs every four days on Interstate 80 in Nevada, and 3% of all crashes are speed-related.