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Rain brings slick roads, perilous conditions for Las Vegas area drivers

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Posted at 7:02 PM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 00:30:30-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The rain and snow made driving in Las Vegas today a huge challenge. The wet conditions and slick roads played a big role in the number of crashes across the valley.

A two-car collision on Valley Street and Eastern Avenue. A pickup crashing into a tree near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Doolittle Avenue, and a car with front-end damage being towed near Buffalo Drive and Cheyenne Avenue. Those are just some of the crashes that happened on this wet Monday across the valley.

“The oils are washing off the roads, so you know, we’ve got to be extra cautious right especially.”

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For Fernando Chavez, he has seen drivers go way too fast on rainy days and says it’s frustrating as a driver.

“They’re more stressed about something else or concerned about something else. They’re not really focusing on what they’re doing,” he said.

The Nevada Office of Traffic Safety says historically, every time there has been some weather-related condition like rain or snow, it sees about a 30% increase in the number of crashes in our area.

“It’s one of those things where we have people take it slow for the rest of the day and understand they can’t drive like they usually do,” Andrew Bennett, public information officer with the Office of Traffic Safety, said.

It also means having fewer distractions like cell phone use to stay aware of other drivers who may be too aggressive on wet roads.

“I try to keep safe by being observant of the drivers around me too. Not only myself,” Chavez said.