The Deadliest Days of the Year on Our Roadway System are Here
Road Safety Reminders for the Holiday Weekend and Beyond
The Automobile Club of America first identified the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day as “The 100 Deadliest Days of the Year”. When first published AAA was referring to teen drivers, more specifically male teen drivers. As it turns out, there are increased fatalities during this time of year, for all road users.
Kicking off the safety message for Memorial Day in Clark County, tomorrow, Friday, May 26th, local police agencies will be working with California Highway Patrol, looking for drivers traveling too fast on Interstate 15, coming into and leaving our city and Nevada. Speed and impairment continue to be the top contributing factors to deadly and critical crashes in Clark County.
In 2022, a minimum of a third of fatal crashes involved at least one speeding vehicle, with the suspected number for critical crashes even higher. Impaired driving continues to be associated with close to 6 in 10 fatal crashes in Nevada. With “Polysubstance” (the use of more than one drug) rising the fastest.
During this annual 100 Deadliest Days, we experience three of the “Top 5 Deadliest Holidays”. Starting with July 4th, followed by Memorial Day and then Labor Day, these holidays are part of the reason why summer driving days are so deadly.
Law enforcement will be out over the weekend looking for impaired drivers, and they want to remind everyone there is no excuse to drive drunk. Rideshare aps make safe rides home easy and affordable, especially when you compare the cost of a simple DUI in Clark County. Ultimately the cost of a DUI could end up running upwards of $13,000 by the time the citation is cleared!
To make that good choice even easier, Zero Fatalities Nevada, and the Zero Coalition are offering $5 off a Lyft Pass safe ride home if you enter the code MEMORIALDAY2023 when ordering your ride. The offer is good once from Friday, 5/26, at 6 pm to Tuesday Morning, 5/30 at 6 am.