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I-15 First in Most Dangerous Highway in America

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LAS VEGAS -- The rankings are out for the most dangerous highways in America and the I-15 stretch from Clark County, Nevada to San Bernardino County, California ranks number one.

Every year, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority estimates eight million drivers come to Las Vegas from Southern California, making I-15 not just one of the busiest freeways in the country, but also one of the most dangerous.

The 181-mile stretch in between Clark County and San Bernardino County has more fatalities than anywhere else in the country.

"If everyone is paying attention and driving the speed limit, not drinking and driving clearly, we are going to have a safer commute," said Michael Geeser with Nevada AAA.

Geeser says speed continues to be the biggest problem.  According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there were 466 highway deaths in Clark County over a 14-year period. People are also not wearing their seatbelts.

"If you look at the federal data, it found that in all of the deaths that took place on that stretch of road, half of them were of motorists who were unbelted," he said.

Other factors that lead to crashes include drinking and driving and distractions. Drivers say it's no secret people are in a big rush to get to Las Vegas.

"We had a guy cut us off in a red corvette coming up here on Friday. He must have been going 100 miles per hour," said Larry Sutton.

To improve road safety along I-15, Caltrans completed a multi-million dollar project last summer. It widened the road by adding a lane to the north and southbound lanes at Mountain Pass.

Still, drivers say the best practice is defensive driving.

"I just try to watch everything around me in front of me and behind me," said Sutton.

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