September 5th, 2008

Encouraging news from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration – National figures released a week ago in the 2007 Traffic Safety Annual Assessment for Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities show a significant decline in the number of drunk driving-related fatalities occurring nationally and in 32 individual states, including Nevada.

For the state of Nevada, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities decreased from 14% from 2006 to 2007.  When comparing Nevada’s numbers to the national decrease of 3.7 percent, the figures are even more incredible.

One discouraging national finding from the same report is that the number of alcohol related fatalities among motorcyclists is climbing in half of the states.  Fortunately, Nevada also saw a decrease in alcohol related deaths among motorcyclists, but only by 6.3%.  Other distressing information from the report is that DUI fatalities accounted for about one-third of the total driving fatalities in Nevada for both 2006 and 2007, at 33% in 2006 and 31% in 2007. 

Although the number of deaths caused by drinking and driving on our streets and highways is showing improvement, we’ve still got a long way to go and cannot be satisfied until the numbers hit zero.  Please consider the safety of yourself and other drivers and passengers on the road by doing everything in your control to keep intoxicated drivers off our roads.

To see the entire report, visit http://www.nhtsa.gov.


September 2nd, 2008

Photo reprinted from Channelone.com

In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is just around the corner, September 15 ─ October 15, the Ford Motor Company and the Las Vegas Review Journal’s Newspapers in Education program are sponsoring a photography and essay contest for students in grades 9-12 throughout Clark County.

Students are asked to research a person, place or event that is representative of Hispanic culture and heritage and has made a significant impact within the community or their life. Secondly, students are asked to photograph their selection and write a brief composition of their subject (no more than four paragraphs) describing its importance.

The1st prize is a $2,250.00 U.S. Savings Bond and Certificate of Merit. Second prize is a $1,000.00 U.S. Savings Bond and Certificate of Merit, and 3rd Prize is a $500.00 U.S. Savings Bond and Certificate of Merit.  The Honorable Mention will receive a $250.00 U.S. Savings Bond and Certificate of Merit.  Contest winners must have a valid Social Security account number to be eligible to receive U.S. Savings Bonds.  Winners will be presented their prizes at the Las Vegas Review-Journal October 24th, 2008.  In addition to prizes awarded, the first place winner’s name and photograph and other winners’ names will be published in the Review-Journal.

The deadline for entries is Friday, October 10, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. at the Review-Journal property or by mail.  Entries can be mailed to:

Newspapers In Education

Las Vegas Review-Journal

1111 W. Bonanza Rd.

Las Vegas, NV 89106

For more information about the contest, visit http://www.lasvegasnie.com/hheritage08.html.

I hope that you encourage any of your eligible children, students or relatives to participate in this contest, which is a great and creative way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage.  Good luck to the contestants!



August 29th, 2008

Photo reprinted from flickr.com

Photo reprinted from flickr.com

We recently came across a report from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) that states the number of collisions in the Las Vegas area, the number of fatalities and their causes and the intersections with the highest incidences of collisions for the year to date.  In order to show how prevalent car accidents are in the Las Vegas valley and how they can be easily prevented, I have posted some information from that report.

Las Vegas Collision Stats

The LVMPD reports a staggering 17,884 collisions for the year of 2008, with 7,239, or 40% of those collisions resulting in injury and 82 in death. 

Of those 82 fatalities, pedestrian error was the #1 cause of death, followed by excessive speed and failure to yield the right of way along with other improper driving.  Although 82 may seem like a relatively low number of fatalities when compared to the number of collisions, that’s 82 lives cut short in accidents that likely could have been prevented by exercising caution and responsibility! And that number only accounts for deaths through the month of August! 

Dangerous Intersections

We all know that there are certain intersections in the city that are notorious for accidents.  Below I list the intersections in town to watch out for and to be especially careful while crossing or driving through them. 

The top 10 intersections with the highest incidences of collisions were:

  1. Tropicana Ave. at Koval Ln.
  2. Las Vegas Blvd. at Flamingo Rd.
  3. Tropicana Ave. at Las Vegas Blvd.
  4. Maryland Parkway at Sahara Avenue
  5. Lamb Blvd. at Charleston Blvd.
  6. Tropicana Ave. at Eastern Ave.
  7. Sahara Ave. at Las Vegas Blvd.
  8. Blue Diamond Rd. at Durango Dr.
  9. Sands Ave. at Las Vegas Blvd.
  10. Sahara Ave. at Valley View Blvd.


The top 5 intersections with the highest rate of collisions with injuries were:

  1. Koval at Tropicana
  2. Lamb at Charleston
  3. Charleston at Eastern
  4. Bonanza at Nellis
  5. Nellis at Vegas Valley


I hope you find this information helpful and that it has inspired you to be a safer driver and a more cautious pedestrian.  Remember that speed limits as well as traffic signals and right-of-way laws exist to protect you and other drivers – follow them to avoid expensive auto insurance premiums and to keep you and your “precious cargo” safe.



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