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NHP: 139 wrong-way driver calls reported in Southern Nevada so far this year

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — There have been 139 calls about wrong-way drivers in Southern Nevada through the first four-plus months of 2021, according to Nevada Highway Patrol's Southern Command.

That number, reported between Jan. 1 and April 6, is up by 11 compared to the same period in 2020, NHP said in a press release Wednesday.

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"The vast majority of wrong-way drivers have been found to be impaired," the agency said.

NHP offered some tips for drivers to be able to react to a wrong-way car on the highway.

Troopers say you should avoid the fast lane, especially at night, saying many fatal wrong-way crashes take place in the far-left lane.

Authorities also recommend driving at a slow rate of speed and driving defensively, both of which can improve reaction time.

Anyone who sees a wrong-way car on the highway should call *NHP, which connects to highway patrol directly. If you are on a surface street, call 911.