Police, Troopers Aim to Bring Down Fatal Crash Numbers in 2014 - 8 News NOW

Police, Troopers Aim to Bring Down Fatal Crash Numbers in 2014

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LAS VEGAS -- A 28-year-old man on a motorcycle died early Monday morning after crashing his motorcycle into a wall near Dean Martin Drive and Tropicana Avenue.

Metro Police says the victim was probably speeding and may have been intoxicated. Investigators say this motorcyclist slammed through a memorial already set up for another victim that died in this exact intersection just a month and a half ago.

It was the 197th death on Las Vegas roads this year, exceeding the number of deaths last year.

According to Metro Police, 113 people died in crashes in its jurisdiction this year and Nevada Highway Patrol says 75 people died in its jurisdiction. Those numbers are up compared to last year.

Officers are preparing to drop those numbers for 2014.

"In law enforcement, we're frustrated. It is time to for this community to step up and take back our streets," Metro Police Sgt. Todd Raybuck said.

Sgt. Raybuck says there have been 60 percent more deaths in motorcycle wrecks this year over last year. Those numbers include an increase in wrecks involving mopeds or scooters. The most recent happened the day after Christmas, when 15-year-old Alex Martinez was hit and killed while riding a scooter.

 

The driver who hit him left the scene and is still at large.

"People who operate those mopeds don't see them as a motor vehicle but they're the same dangers associated with them as a motorcycle, in fact more because they're a smaller profile," Sgt. Raybuck said.

In the past two years, pedestrians deaths have more than doubled, police said. It is too hard for officers to nail down a clear reason why.

Which begs the question: how do they lower the numbers?

"For the 2014 year, we're going to be very aggressive about pedestrian safety and we have a zero-tolerance attitude that we're going to take throughout the valley," NHP Trooper Jeremie Elliott said.

For NHP, 2013 had a silver lining. Its zero-tolerance policy for drivers breaking the law along a stretch of I-15 from Primm to the Las Vegas valley brought down accident numbers.

Now, highway patrol wants to expand it through parts of Las Vegas. NHP hopes more saturation and education will save lives in the new year.

Lowering the number of accidents won't be just about increased enforcement, city and county engineers will also be helping.

Whenever there is a fatal crash in one location, engineers on the scene will make recommendations to the city and county to try to make the roads safer, which could mean a lower speed limit or traffic light.

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