Symposium focuses on rise in traffic accidents & deaths
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department hosted a traffic symposium on July 19 to discuss the rise in traffic deaths Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department hosted a symposium on July 19 to discuss the rise in traffic accidents and how the trend can be reversed.
The symposium brought together business, government and non-profit leaders to discuss potential solutions.
There has been a 4.8 percent rise in traffic accidents so far this year over last year. There has also been a 6.6 percent increase in the number of traffic-related fatalities.
Vickie Johnson doesn't know why there have been so many accidents on valley roads lately but she does know that there has been one too many.
In 2005, her 17-year-old son was killed by a drunk driver. That is why she started working with Stop DUI, one of the groups that attended the symposium.
Metro is the first to say that they can not do it alone. The cellphone ban in Nevada just went into effect but distracted driving is still a problem.
They hope getting more people and groups involved in the discussion about traffic safety will lead to more education and awareness throughout the valley.