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Please Drive Carefully Folks

By Chuckmonster on Friday, 26th November 2004 12:23pm
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Highway fatalities in southern Nevada have reached record levels. A 29-year-old Henderson man who died running across Interstate Fifteen on Sunday was the 100th fatality this year. That number exceeds the record 92 fatalities handled by the Highway Patrol in 2002. Last year, there were 79.

Authorities blame a combination of growth and bad driving for the rising number of highway fatalities. Many of the deadliest areas are rural stretches, especially the busy I-15 between California and Las Vegas. Seventeen people died in crashes along that 34-mile stretch, many of them in single-vehicle wrecks.

Authorities say half the fatal crashes involved a drunken driver or pedestrian, and half of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Authorities also say many of the crashes -- especially those in rural areas -- were caused by drivers who lost control of their vehicles or fell asleep behind the wheel.

[ There's a Starbucks at State Line/Primm Nevada - Ed ]



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