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Brush up on Safety Tips and Get on Board with Zero Fatalities for Spring

With winter fading and construction season beginning again, our roadways once again will be changing. This means that construction workers will be out on our roads more frequently and this requires drivers to be extra cautious in order to keep everyone safe in work zones. Much of the work being done in these construction zones is focused around improving the overall safety of roadways for all modes in order to help Nevada reach the Zero Fatalities goal set by NDOT.  Attaining this requires drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists alike to maintain a closer adherence to the rules of the road and to be more aware of each other.  This initiative is especially important for pedestrians, especially because the number of pedestrian fatalities increased from 36 in 2009 to 58 in 2012.   

As spring rolls around and more pedestrians venture out to enjoy the beautiful weather, it is more important than ever to stay vigilant in keeping both pedestrians and motorists safe by being street-smart and remembering that it takes longer to stop for a pedestrian than you may think.  For instance, did you know that on average, it takes a vehicle going 20 mph a full 69 feet to stop?  If the same vehicle is going 40 mph it will take 189 feet to come to a complete stop. So remember to slow down and keep a watchful eye out for pedestrians.

In addition to pedestrian safety, bicycle safety is also more important as we move into spring and summer, which will bring more cyclists along roadways.  If you are a cyclist, make sure you know how to be as safe as possible and look through these helpful tips on how to avoid some of the most common accidents.  As a motorist, it is also important to know the law when it comes to bicycles on the roadway.  Click here for more information on the rules of the road when it comes to bicycles.

This year, take time to brush up on safe driving tips and remember to buckle up, focus on the road, stop on red, don’t drive impaired, and be pedestrian safe.  For more information about the Zero Fatalities initiative and what you can do to help keep yourself and loved ones safe, go to