With more than 300 traffic fatalities a year and the number of pedestrian deaths steadily rising, traffic safety will be under the spotlight at a summit of traffic safety experts and Southern Nevada elected leaders Thursday, June 20 at UNLV's Tam Alumni Center.
The Traffic Safety Forum, organized by Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft, will include representatives from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Traffic Bureau, the Nevada Department of Public Safety, the Nevada Department of Transportation, the Clark County departments of Public Works and Comprehensive Planning, the Regional Transportation Commission, the Chairman of the County Commission, Marilyn Kirkpatrick, and the mayors of the cities of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas and Boulder City.
The forum will feature a presentation with a historical overview followed by panel discussions of "What is being done?" and "What more can be done?" Another panel will include a discussion by Chairman Kirkpatrick, Mayor Carolyn Goodman of Las Vegas, Mayor Debra March of Henderson, Mayor John Lee of North Las Vegas and Mayor Rod Woodbury of Boulder City. This last panel will conclude with the signing of a pledge to work across jurisdictions to improve traffic safety.
"It is our responsibility as elected officials, engineers, planners, and law enforcement officers to ensure that we are planning and constructing the safest streets possible," said Naft. "We must also always be diligent in educating the public on best practices for navigating our streets whether behind the wheel of a vehicle or on foot. There have been far too many injuries and fatalities. I'm hopeful that this forum will lead to innovative results that will save lives and provide for an improved quality of life for all residents of southern Nevada."
Nevada traffic fatalities exceeded 300 the last four years (331 in 2018, 309 in 2017, 329 in 2016 and 326 in 2015), while serious injuries resulting from traffic crashes were similarly high with 1,102 in 2017, 1,273 in 2016 and 1,349 in 2015. Meanwhile, pedestrian fatalities have been trending upward over the last decade – from 56 in 2008 to a record high of 91 in 2017.
Engineers, planners and enforcement officers are eligible to receive professional and post-certification development credit for attending the conference. The conference also is open to the public. Interested attendees are asked to register for the forum at https://trafficsafety.clarkcountynv.gov/. The forum will open with remarks by Commissioner Naft before getting underway with the first presentation at 8:45 a.m. The event is scheduled to conclude at noon.
The event schedule:
8:00 – Registration
8:30 – Opening remarks by County Commissioner Michael Naft
8:45 – Presentation: Historical Overview and Statistics
9:30 – Panel I: What is Being Done?
10:15 – Break
10:30 – Panel II: What More Can be Done?\
11:15 – Panel III: Elected Officials
11:45 – Conclude Remarks by County Commissioner Michael Naft
Clark County Television (CCTV) will tape the forum and air it Monday, June 24 at 6 p.m., Tuesday June 25 at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday June 26 at 1:30 p.m., Friday, June 28 at 3 a.m., Saturday, June 29 at 9 p.m. and Sunday, June 30 at noon. It also will air throughout July. CCTV is available in the Las Vegas area on Channel 4/1004 on Cox cable and on CenturyLink on Channels 4 and 1004 as well as in Laughlin on Channel 14 via Suddenlink. Live streaming of CCTV programming is available at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov and www.YouTube.com/ClarkCountyNV. CCTV is also available in Boulder City on Channel 4 and in Moapa Valley on Digital Channel 50.3.