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September 23, 2014

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Nevada transportation officials pushing for tougher seat belt law

CARSON CITY — Traffic deaths in Clark County are up this year and the state, as one solution, is going to push to toughen its seat belt law, officials said.

The Nevada Department of Transportation is also advocating more DUI check points and additional public service announcements.

Director Rudy Malfabon presented statistics to the state Board of Transportation on Monday showing that 88 people have been killed in traffic accidents in Clark County this year, an increase of 54.4 percent over last year. There have been 37 pedestrian deaths in the county, up 37 percent from the same time of a year ago.

Statewide, the number of traffic deaths was 229 as of Nov. 27, up 20 from last year at the same time.

In Washoe County, the other metropolitan area in the state, there have been 26 traffic fatalities, the same as last year at this time.

Malfabon said his department will ask the 2013 Legislature to enact a primary seat belt law allowing police to pull over a driver for only not wearing a safety belt. Under the present law, an officer can only cite a driver for a seat belt violation if stopped for another violation.

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  1. By all means make sure everyone is wearing thier seat belts so they're safe when the idiots who are still talking on the cell phones cause them to have an accident.

  2. The increase in accidents is a direct result of the cell phone law. Just like prohibition nearly a century ago, most people are not going to quit just because a stupid law is passed. Once again a "well intended" law results in unintended consequences. It should be repealed, FOR OUR SAFETY.

  3. Nevada could always up their regulations for new drivers that move in to the state. As it stands if you're under 25 (I think) you take a Nevada licensure written test, but not driving test. If you're over 25 and have a license from another state no written or driven test are required.

    We need to retest drivers that move here and are permanent residents, that includes vision tests. If only we could mandate a minimum IQ... and an oath to not drink under the influence, and if you do after one strike you no longer get to drive..

  4. "There have been 37 pedestrian deaths in the county, up 37 percent from the same time of ..."

    What do pedestrian deaths have to do with seat belts??

    "The increase in accidents is a direct result of the cell phone law. Just like prohibition nearly a century ago, most people are not going to quit just because a stupid law is passed."

    "Funny Utah finally told the truth this summer when they admitted that 66% of all crashes resulting in death were wearing there seat belts."

    Noindex, figmo -- good posts

    "Fear is the foundation of most governments." - John Adams "Thoughts on Government" (1776)