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Report: Nevada Highway Patrol responded to 65 fatal crashes in 2019

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Posted at 5:18 PM, Jan 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 20:25:57-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Nevada Highway Patrol Southern Command said troopers responded to several fatal crashes in 2019.

NHP said it responded to 65 fatal traffic crashes that resulted in 70 deaths.

However, even though the number is lower than the 77 reported deaths in 2018, troopers said law enforcement and the community still have plenty of work to do.

“One life lost on our roadways is too many, and as we all know by now, almost every single traffic fatality is preventable,” NHP Trooper Jason Buratczuk said in a press release.

NHP also said that it is committed to the goal of Zero Fatalities and to ensure the safety of the public even with more vehicles expected to be on Nevada roadways.

In 2019, troopers made 89,770 traffic stops in the southern command area, according to the NHP.

The press release also stated that fatal crashes tend to be 30% speed, 30% impairment, and 30% occupant restraint related.

Troopers said the community needs to continue to buckle up, drive sober, drive the speed limit, and put the phones down while driving.

In reporting an emergency or impaired driver, community members were also advised to contact 911 or *NHP (647) from their cell phone.