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Has reckless driving trended upward in Nevada in recent years?

By Austin Tannenbaum on 03/30/2023


Reckless driving in Nevada is on the rise, as evidenced in increased deadly collisions and speeding violations.

In 2022, Nevada recorded 396 crash fatalities in Nevada — 2.86% more than the previous year. Crash fatalities also increased from 314 in 2020 to 349 in 2021. While crashes are down so far in 2023, the yearly total remains to be seen.

The state government lists impairment and speeding as the top two causes of these fatalities.

Between 2020 and 2022, tickets for Nevada drivers going over 100 miles per hour jumped 26%, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

In 2021, the Las Vegas Sun reported that in 2020, more than 4,400 drivers were cited for driving at 100 mph or more — nearly 900 more than in 2019. The law firm Benson & Bingham said this “pattern dates back a decade.”

A bill introduced by state Legislators earlier this month would increase penalties for reckless driving responsible for bodily harm or death.

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