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AAA warns of rising number of wrong-way crashes in Nevada

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Law enforcement and the American Automobile Association are sounding the alarm about deadly wrong-way crashes in Nevada.

A spokesman for AAA says the auto club's Foundation for Traffic Safety found the number of fatalities has increased in recent years.

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The average number of fatalities per year between 2010 and 2014 in Nevada was 7.4, according to AAA. That number increased to 8.3 between 2015 and 2018, a jump of 11.5%.

"Fatalities from wrong-way crashes are heading in a dangerous direction," AAA Nevada spokesman Sergio Avila said in a press release.

The AAA Foundation says factors that increased the chances of driving the wrong way include alcohol impairment, older age and driving alone.

"Nevada's most populated cities are international destinations where people come to have a good time and have 24/7 access to alcohol and marijuana," said Trooper Travis Smaka with Nevada Highway Patrol. "Unfortunately, that can lead to people making the selfish and poor decision to drive while impaired and enter our highways traveling in the wrong direction."

AAA reminds people not to drink and drive and to remain alert. Drivers should stop if they feel drowsy, as fatigue can affect reaction time and judgment.