CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The number of Nevada traffic deaths has jumped by nearly 25 percent in the first quarter of 2012 when compared with the same period last year.
State officials say from January through March, 57 people died in Nevada traffic accidents, 11 more than last year.
A report released by the Nevada Department of Public Safety says 12 pedestrians died in the first quarter, double the number from the same time last year. Most occurred in Clark County.
The rise in traffic deaths comes despite a new law that makes it illegal to text or talk on a hand-held cellphone while driving.
But officials say there's no one cause for the increased traffic deaths.