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Nevada highway deaths are up and no it has nothing to do with the pandemic

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 5:44 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -It’s a sobering thought to consider as the pandemic retreats in our rearview mirrors. Already this year 141 people have died on Nevada roadways.

That’s a 30 percent increase over last year. And before you dismiss that as a skewed comparison with a year when many of us were stuck inside and rarely ventured out, that’s hardly the case.

“Actually our numbers were up last year from 2019,” says Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Ashley Wellman. “So, even though we were dealing with COVID and many people weren’t on the road, we were still up. So we’re 30 percent higher this year from COVID and 2019″

So, the trend predates the pandemic and that doesn’t bode well for the months ahead. “You know we preach the 100 days of summer, “ says Wellman. “They’re the deadly 100 days of summer because people need to be responsible.”

So what’s behind this deadly trend? Apparently nothing new. Wellman says it’s just more of the same mistakes we’ve been making for years.

“Speeding and impairment, unfortunately. People are traveling way too fast.”

Other common mistakes continue to take lives.

“As of last month in the state of Nevada alone 29 deaths were caused by people not being restrained. That tells you right there that people are not wearing their seat belts like they should be.”

What can turn this deadly trend around? It’s up to us.

“Coming out from COVID and they’re excited to be back out on the road and be back out in civilization. We get it, but you need to obey the signs that are posted out there and the speed limits are out there for a reason so that you can get to your destination safely and everyone gets home safe.”

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