Nevada had increase in roadway fatalities in 2018, people not wearing seat belts

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Nevada experienced an increase in deaths on roadways in 2018 compared to the previous year, according to statistics released by the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety.

Around the state 331 people lost their lives last year. Roadway deaths were up more than 6 percent statewide and up more than 8 percent in Clark County (226) compared to 2017. The largest increase during that time was with unrestrained occupants. That was up almost 24 percent statewide and and 42 percent in Clark County. 

One area that was down statewide (80) and in Clark County (62) was pedestrian deaths. Those were down 18 percent. This was the first decrease in nine years.

These numbers are still considered preliminary and could change.

Fatalities involving either alcohol, marijuana or another drug were 178 statewide and 120 in Clark County in 2017. The numbers for 2018 have not been released yet.

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