As a Las Vegas native, you know that the National Finals Rodeo is here every year. As it approaches this year, you are probably dreading the uptick in traffic. When the NFR gets into full swing, the streets get full of more cars and the sidewalks packed with more pedestrians than usual.
Depending on your preferences and personality, your daily commute could be something you look forward to or something you dread. No matter the situation, though, there are certain risks you face, and this is especially true in states such as Nevada. In fact, numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Administration show death rates are unusually high for Nevada drivers and pedestrians. (The numbers are better for passengers.) So, if you spend a lot of time in your car, here are some things to think about:
Nevada cities are thriving these days, which means more and more people are moving to Nevada to take advantage of the great opportunities the state has to offer. With roadways becoming more and more crowded, a lot of people choose walking as their main source of transportation. Unfortunately, crowded roadways combined with crowded sidewalks means auto-pedestrian accidents are almost inevitable. Recently, some Las Vegas pedestrians were injured when a vehicle left the roadway and struck them on a sidewalk.
Nevada cities are booming these days and populations are on the rise. An increasing population means there are more vehicles on the road than ever before having to co-exist with pedestrians walking along crowded city streets. With vehicles and pedestrians in such close proximity, pedestrian accidents are almost inevitable. Unfortunately, they are often fatal. A Las Vegas pedestrian was recently killed after being struck by a car.
The rate of pedestrian traffic fatalities is rising across the United States - and the increase in deaths in Nevada is significantly sharper than the national average. According to a recent study conducted by the Governors Highway Safety Association, pedestrian fatalities (i.e. when an automobile hits a pedestrian) rose nationwide by about 11 percent between 2015 and 2016. In Nevada, the rate increase stood at roughly 24 percent.
Las Vegas sees an uptick in tourism around the 4th of July. Families and partiers alike schedule their travel plans around the holiday, wanting to make the most of their time off work. And the city is game for the extra influx of people. Bars and hotels bring in celebrity DJs and guests (P. Diddy will, reportedly, make an appearance this year at the Hard Rock), and several casinos put on their own elaborate displays of fireworks.