Stretch of I-15 proves dangerous for drivers
One commonly-traveled valley roadway is a growing danger. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- One commonly-traveled valley roadway is a growing danger. If you travel Interstate 15, then you've likely hit the bumper-to-bumper traffic that often plagues the area near the Sahara Avenue Exit. The slowdown is proving to be a safety threat.
Action News found that the Nevada Highway Patrol responds to I-15 and Sahara more than any other area in the Valley. Just in the past four months, NHP has responded to 309 accidents there. That's an average of nearly three crashes per day.
"Drivers are just not paying attention when they come up there," said NHP Trooper Loy Hixson. "They're approaching it way too fast, not realizing that traffic is going to slow down, and unfortunately that's where the accidents are occurring."
Some cars are merging from Sahara, while others are trying to get off at Charleston Road, making fender benders hard for anyone to avoid. U.S. Senate Majority leader Harry Reid was rushed to University Medical Center after his motorcade was involved in a pile-up on 15-North at Sahara two weeks ago. Reid suffered minor injuries.
"It's the worst stretch of road in the universe," said one driver. "There's always an accident here. People always try and cut in front of one another to get where they're going."
"Driving it on a daily basis is very scary, because it's just so packed and dangerous," adds another driver.