Officials lament loss of girl hit by car despite safety project

[B' Spokes: Filed under news you will not see in Maryland. Note that Nevada ranks #19 with a pedestrian fatality rate of 1.32 per hundred thousand, Maryland ranks #4 with a pedestrian fatality rate of 1.98 per hundred thousand. Clark County (Las Vegas) rate: 1.47 in contrast with Baltimore: 2.51, Baltimore County: 2.66, Anne Arundell: 2.69, Prince George's: 2.76 ]

With the number of pedestrian fatalities in Nevada nearly double the national average, traffic experts became more aggressive in their attempts to improve not only crosswalk markings but the contentious relationship between pedestrians and motorists.

Accidents involving pedestrians is a problem across the Southwest where straight, wide streets often invite motorists to exceed the speed limit and lose focus, said Erin Breen with University of Nevada, Las Vegas' Safe Partnership Community.

"We live in a world where the car is king," Breen said. "An engineer's job is to move traffic, but there has to be a balance somewhere."
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by B' Spokes

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Maybe cars should have better ebc brake pads and that way many accidents could be prevented. Of course, pedestrians have to be more careful because as much as I would like to help them, well, a 2000 kilograms car is quite hard to stop in time, especially at high speed.