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News Release

Henderson Police to Keep the Pressure on Drunken Drivers, Aggressive Drivers and Distracted Drivers

October 21, 2013



Henderson, Nev. – Motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death in the United States and many are preventable. The Henderson Police Department will continue to try to prevent traffic deaths with 15 special traffic enforcement efforts over the next 12 months.

The Henderson Police Department received $188,000 in federal funding through the Nevada Department of Public Safety - Office of Traffic Safety for the Joining Forces program. The enforcement efforts will focus on pedestrian safety, seat belt usage, speeding, distracted driving and impaired drivers.

“I have worked many traffic accidents in my time as a police officer and know the impact that a drunk driver can have on a family and a community,” Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers said. “I know that our efforts will help reduce the number of drunken drivers on our roadways and increase the number of people wearing their seat belts.”

Seat belts save lives and in 2010 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determined that more than 12,500 people’s lives were saved because of seat belt use.

Distracted drivers are in more than 3,000 crashes each year in Nevada and distracted driving is attributed to causing more than 50 deaths in the last five years, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation. At the Henderson Police Department, we take distracted driving and the cell phone law seriously. Henderson Police officers have issued more than 2,500 citations to motorists for using a cell phone while driving this year.

In 2012, 259 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes on Nevada roadways. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 74 of those deaths, according to the Nevada Department of Public Safety – Office of Traffic Safety. So far this year, 205 people have died on the state’s roadways with alcohol being a factor in 49 of those deaths.

Of the 212 people who have died in Nevada this year in traffic crashes, 146 of those deaths occurred in Clark County. At the same time last year there were 141 deaths caused by traffic collisions in Clark County. In Henderson, there have been six deaths due to traffic accidents so far this year.

The Henderson Police Traffic Unit received funding from the Department of Public Safety - Office of Traffic Safety, as part of the Joining Forces Grant. The grant provides funding for enforcement and education to reduce deaths and injuries on Nevada roadways. The grant will assist in funding special enforcement details throughout the year targeting seat belt usage, DUIs, pedestrian safety and speeding violations.

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