The ‘100 deadliest days’ come along with Memorial Day

The ‘100 deadliest days’ come along with Memorial Day
The ‘100 deadliest days’ come along with Memorial Day

Memorial Day marks the beginning of what is known as the 100 deadliest days of the year on the roads.

With teens and college students off school and families on vacation, there’s more activity on the road.

That increase in activity during the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day leads to an increase in crashes, including many involving younger drivers.

Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft said it’s a good time to talk to teens and other young drivers about the dangers of driving under the influence and for older drivers to brush up on the rules of the road.

“As we enter a troubling time of year, it is important to remind everyone in this community that they have a role to play when it comes to saving lives,” Naft said. Although the message is primarily aimed at teenagers who are on vacation from school during the summer, all drivers should be aware that there are more girls driving on the road.

This year has already been deadly for several young people on the roads, with 14 fatal accidents involving people between the ages of 14 and 21, according to UNLV’s Road Equity Alliance.

In each of the last three years, there have been more than 100 deaths on Nevada roads during the entire three months between the two holiday weekends.

In June, July and August of last year, there were 112 deaths on the state’s roads, 104 during the same three months in 2022 and 101 during that period in 2021, according to state data.

Since there are more fatal crashes involving people in their 20s compared to the number of crashes involving teenagers in Clark County, parents are encouraged to remind their older children of the dangers of driving while intoxicated or drunk. risky way.

“Young people losing their lives change communities,” Erin Breen, director of the Road Equity Alliance, said in a statement. “No matter your child’s age, remind him or her to wear a seat belt, ride home sober, not speed, and pay attention behind the wheel.”

Parents should communicate safety tips to their children, whether they are pedestrians or drivers.

Motorists who are considering drinking alcohol or using legal recreational drugs should make sure they have arranged for a designated driver or ride-sharing services to stay safe. “Just because they (pedestrians) may be on the correct path and walking in the right of way doesn’t mean cars can see them,” Naft said. “We need to remind our drivers young and old that drink driving is not worth the risk. “There are so many options available to people now and it all starts with making a plan before you start using.”

If everyone does their part, the negative connotation of the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day does not have to exist, Naft said. “They don’t have to be the deadliest 100 days,” Naft said. “This is a man-made problem and there are man-made solutions, and it all starts with ensuring you are not impaired when you get behind the wheel.”

One option to help keep residents and visitors safe during Memorial Day is Lyft ride credits. Until midnight Tuesday, anyone can use the code SAFEMEMORIALDAY on the Lyft platform to receive $20 off a Lyft ride. Promotion is open to new and existing Lyft users.

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