Nevada Highway Patrol Reports Increase in Number of Oncoming Drivers



The Nevada Highway Patrol is reporting an increase in the number of oncoming drivers this year, and the agency has tips to help motorists in these situations.

Since Jan. 1, soldiers from the state’s Southern Command have responded to 139 calls involving a wrong way driver, up from 128 calls around the same time last year, according to a statement released by the Highway Patrol on Wednesday.

“The vast majority of oncoming drivers have been found to be impaired,” the highway patrol said. “According to data from the Nevada Highway Safety Bureau, 90% of fatal reverse crashes in 2019 involved an impaired driver. “

Riders are advising motorists to slow down, drive defensively and avoid the expressway at night, saying “many wrong-way fatalities occur in the far left lane.”

If drivers see someone going on the wrong road on the freeway, they are advised to call * NHP.

Five people were hospitalized on March 13 following a reverse accident near Las Vegas Motor Speedway after a white sedan was heading south in northbound lanes struck a silver sedan with four people in it. interior, the Review Journal previously reported.

Highway Patrol spokesman Travis Smaka called the incident a “very violent accident” at the time.

In February, two people were killed after a 2004 Toyota Tacoma was heading north in southbound lanes near Moapa when it collided head-on with a 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, killing both drivers .

Contact Sabrina Schnur at [email protected] or 702-383-0278. To follow @sabrina_schnur on Twitter.


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