Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 | 2 a.m.
Drive with extra caution on Flamingo Road.
The busy thoroughfare, which bisects the famed Las Vegas Strip, contains four of the 10 most dangerous intersections in Las Vegas based on total collisions for the first six months of this year, according to Metro Police data.
The remaining dangerous intersections are scattered throughout the city, located on both sides of Interstate 15. The common denominator, not surprisingly, is that these locations are where heavily traveled, multilane roads meet — increasing the likelihood for crashes.
But there is good news: From January through June, there were 11,567 collisions in Las Vegas, a 3 percent drop from the same time period last year, according to data from Metro Police. The number of traffic-related fatalities is also down, from 64 in the first half of 2012 to 48 so far this year.
Half of the people killed in Las Vegas traffic accidents this year were pedestrians, according to the traffic data.
Here’s a look at the top 10 most dangerous intersections:
Lamb Boulevard and Charleston Boulevard
Charleston Boulevard contains two of the 10 most dangerous intersections — but they’re at opposite ends of the valley. On the east side, it’s where Lamb and Charleston boulevards meet. The intersection was the site of 26 collisions. Of those, 20 caused injuries.
Sahara Avenue and Decatur Boulevard
Surrounded by busy shopping centers, the intersection of Sahara Avenue and Decatur Boulevard was the site of 26 collisions, 14 of which resulted in injuries.
Charleston Boulevard and Rainbow Boulevard
The intersection of Charleston and Rainbow boulevards is just west of the College of Southern Nevada, a certain traffic booster during peak times. Twenty-three crashes happened at the intersection, including 13 that involved injuries.
Flamingo Road and Maryland Parkway
Across town, there’s another dangerous intersection near a higher-education campus. The intersection of Flamingo Road and Maryland Parkway, at the northeast corner of the UNLV campus, was the site of 21 vehicle accidents, seven of which caused injuries.
Koval Lane and Tropicana Avenue
Locals and savvy tourists use Koval Lane, which runs parallel to the Strip on the east, as a quicker way to zip up and down the resort corridor. Watch out for the intersection of Koval Lane and Tropicana Avenue, though. Twenty-one collisions occurred there, including nine with injuries.
Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road
This list wouldn’t seem accurate without at least one major intersection on the famous Las Vegas Strip. This time, it’s the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard South and Flamingo Road, the site of 21 collisions. Of those, 15 caused injuries.
Flamingo Road and Eastern Avenue
Farther east on Flamingo Road is another dicey location. At the Flamingo and Eastern Avenue intersection, there were 20 collisions, including 12 with injuries.
Rainbow Boulevard and Flamingo Road
The fourth dangerous Flamingo Road intersection is on the west side of town in Spring Valley. The Flamingo Road and Rainbow Boulevard intersection was the site of 20 collisions, including 14 with injuries.
Nellis Boulevard and Stewart Avenue
Like other locations on this list, the intersection of Nellis Boulevard and Stewart Avenue is circled by retail. Nineteen collisions occurred there. Of those, 10 caused injuries.
Vegas Valley Drive and Nellis Boulevard
The second Nellis Boulevard location on this list is about 2 miles south of its Top-10 partner. The intersection of Nellis Boulevard and Vegas Valley Drive is the site of 19 collisions, including 13 with injuries.