Rise in Traffic Fatalities Concerns Metro Police - 8 News NOW

Rise in Traffic Fatalities Concerns Metro Police

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LAS VEGAS -- Another person is dead following a crash on a valley roadway.

Police said a medical episode could have contributed to the crash.

Eighteen people have died in Metro's jurisdiction this year alone that's up from 15 during this same time last year.

If the Clark County Coroner's Office rules Thursday's death a result of the crash, it will be the 19th fatality this year.

Metro Police said the rise in death is out of control and there is not an easy way to fix it.

Metro Police Sergeant Richard Strader and fatal detail detectives are investigating the rise that has plagued valley roads for more than a year.

"You know what, I am going to sit here and plea to the public, you shouldn't be as a happy with what you are seeing on our roads," Strader said. "We've been scratching our heads in the traffic bureau and department because I know the sheriff has made this a huge initiative to reduce the fatalities on our roadways."

2013 is turning out not to be the turn-around year Metro Police and safety advocates were hoping for. 

Erin Breen is the head of the UNLV Safe Community Partnership and said the problem comes down to choices.

"I'll tell you what it is more than anything else, its people not giving themselves enough time to get where they are going, and thinking the rules don't pertain to them," Breen said. "It's just a total lack of respect for themselves, for the people around them, and for the law."

Breen said the numbers are staggering with 177 people dying on Clark County roads last year along with a 40 percent jump in pedestrian deaths, and a 60 percent jump in vehicle fatalities.

Safe Community Partnership spent more money last year on advertisements and billboards to get the message across on safer driving.

With budget cuts and less resources, Metro Police are doing as much as they can to slow the senseless deaths on our roads.

There are two things Metro Police are seeing in these crashes, speed and alcohol.

There are bills in Carson City right now to toughen some traffic laws.

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