RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The Nevada Highway Patrol will be partnering with Highway Patrol agencies from California, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey to provide the motoring public with an “I-80 Challenge” from July 24th – July 31, 2013.
State Highway Patrol agencies from all eleven states are challenging drivers to do their part in reducing crashes along the 2,900 mile stretch of Interstate 80.
In 2011, more than 21,000 passenger vehicle occupants across the nation were killed in traffic crashes, according to NHP. Of those fatalities, 52 percent were not wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes. Approximately 9,900 people were killed in drunk driving crashes, with more than 3,300 killed in fatal crashes involving a distracted driver, and nearly 10,000 lives were lost in speeding-related crashes.
So far this year, 2013 Interstate 80 crash data in Nevada revealed more than 70 crashes (or an average of 5 crashes each day). Statistically, a serious injury or deadly crash happens every four days on Interstate 80 in Nevada, and three percent of all crashes were speed-related.