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Fatal crashes on Nevada roads

Posted at 5:36 PM, Jul 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-07 22:01:07-04
Our nation's highways are getting more deadly. 
According to the Feds, 2015 data shows traffic deaths are up 7.7%. Some of the numbers in Nevada are even higher.
The U.S. Department of Transportation blames the national increase on a better economy and lower gas prices.
They say that means more people are driving. 
In Clark County, Nevada Highway Patrol shows a spike in deadly crashes by 8.25% with 105 people killed so far this year.  That's compared to 97 by the same time last year.
There's better news statewide where lives lost are down by 8.5%.  
In North Las Vegas, fatal accidents are on the rise; 14 already in 2016 compared to 19 in all of last year.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department reports 52 people have been killed in car crashes in their jurisdiction so far this year. In same time period last year, there were 51 fatalities.
But now that they're responding to non-injury accidents again, the number of documented crashes has jumped to 10,109 compared to about 6,408 as of June, 2015.
In Henderson, six fatal accidents so far puts that city on track with the deadly crash total from last year with 1,483 accidents reported as of June 30. 
U.S.D.O.T. says the most significant increases came from crashes involving pedestrians and bicycles. They say nearly all accidents are due to human error.