While events on the international stage have ranged from uncertain to terrifying over the last several weeks, there is some sunny news out of Nevada. According to the Nevada Department of Public Safety, the state saw a nearly 50 percent decline in traffic deaths this June compared to June of 2018. There were 16 fatal car crashes resulting in 16 deaths last month. This figure is down 48 percent from last year. One could say that looking only at a single month each year is prone to yielding variation without a meaningful underlying difference.
Last month law enforcement agencies throughout Nevada teamed up to enforce traffic laws against motorists who were speeding. Over the course of a two-week period that ended July 14, the Nevada Highway Patrol led an aggressive campaign to cite speeding motorists. Motivated to tamp down this phenomenon and reduce the risk of automobile accidents, the NHP, other local Nevada law enforcement agencies,  and even the neighboring California Highway Patrol joined forces in this coordinated effort.  Many motorists perceive speeding as a common behavior, and indeed it may be.
In past posts we have covered and discussed Nevada’s state legislature, the body that sets policy and establishes the budget for our state of just over 3 million people.  The 80th Nevada Legislature adjourned just after midnight on June 4,  and it did so after adopting a $29.4 billion biennial budget.  The budget took effect July 1, and with the beginning of a new fiscal year comes a reset to one measure of Nevada auto accident law.Annual tabulations of data are useful for several reasons.
With June upon us, days are longer, the sun is warmer, and summer is fast approaching. June is a time for celebrating fathers as well as the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year. It is the month when many attempt their first beach trip of the year and bring the family out for a good old-fashioned camping trip. Fresh fruit is ripening, and farmers’ markets are in full swing. Amidst all this excitement, high school students are nearing one of the biggest milestones of their lives: high school graduation and the true beginning of their adult lives.
According to your almanac, summer does not begin until the Summer Solstice – June 20th or 21st in the Northern Hemisphere, give or take a few hours. (This varies from year to year because the Earth’s rotation around the Sun is not perfectly synced with our terrestrial concept of 24-hour days – go figure!)  So your calendar may not acknowledge the start of summer for another month or so; nonetheless, the broader public generally recognizes that the beginning of the summertime patterns of warm clothing, hot weather, and outdoor activities begin with the Memorial Day Weekend.
Back in March of last year, the epic snowfall enjoyed by skiers throughout the Sierra Nevada region was sullied when a snowstorm in the Lake Tahoe area turned tragic. 61-year-old Alan McMahon was heading north on Mount Rose Highway, driving to a worksite near Incline Village, a small community on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. Visibility was diminished, but McMahon was a careful driver and an attentive worker. He worked hard, relying on own labor to earn a living as a carpenter in the Northern Nevada area. McMahon was driving his beloved 1978 Chevy pickup truck.
“I am strong / (Strong) / I am invincible / (Invincible) / I am woman.” You might recognize those lyrics from Helen Reddy’s 1972 hit “I Am Woman.” The song, which topped the charts in December 1972, gets a little extra play during this time of the year. National Public Radio recently included the song in its list of American Anthems, and it was the theme song of Shirley Chisholm’s groundbreaking – if unsuccessful – bid for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in 1972.  The reason the song has special resonance in the early spring is that March is Women’s History Month.
On March 6, at around 7:30 in the morning, a horrific crash occurred in Boulder City on US-93 near Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. One person was killed and another hospitalized after a sedan traveling at high speed struck a truck. The driver of the truck, a 58-year-old man named Randy Reiner, was reportedly leaving a gas station and attempting to drive across several lanes of traffic to make a left turn. The other driver, a 27-year-old man named Joshua Buckingham, was driving a white sedan.
In Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago a Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) trooper narrowly escaped what could have been a life-altering – or even life-ending – injury when he avoided being struck by an out-of-control car. The near-miss provides a kind of silver lining for an otherwise unsettling story, and it bears an eerie resemblance to a tragedy that unfolded in Las Vegas in January and another recent incident in Reno. First, let us begin with the facts of the recent incident. According to news reports, the trooper was conducting a traffic stop on U.S.
Last Sunday millions of households tuned in to watch the 91st Annual Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars. (The “Oscars” nickname derives from the golden statuettes given to winners, though the exact origin of that name is contested. ) The broadcast was held on Sunday, February 24, and while many households watched it on a television screen an increasing number of viewers are opting to stream the event online. Last year’s show posted the lowest ratings of all time, and several factors are cited for the decline.