LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — The Nevada Department of Public Safety reported that the number of fatal crashes for Clark County decreased by a little more than 32 percent so far in 2019 compared to this time last year.
According to data released by the department, there were 198 fatal crashes reported on Clark County roads this time in 2018. There have been 134 fatalities on county roads so far in 2019.
FATAL CRASHES INVOLVING MARIJUANA
Road fatalities involving only marijuana jumped 70 percent from 2016 to 2017, then went down slightly from 2017 to 2018. The new report looks at fatal crashes across the state from 2016, 2017 and 2018.
In Clark County, the number of fatalities involving both marijuana and alcohol rose 3 percent from 2016 to 2017, then another 10 percent the following year.
Each year, traffic safety officials are seeing a persistent problem on the rise.
“One of the things that we did see from this report was that the majority of these crashes involve more than two substances, which was surprising,” Andrew Bennett said. Bennett is the spokesperson for Nevada’s Office of Traffic Safety.
The number of crashes also decreased for Clark County, according to DPS. The county saw a 27.22 percent decrease compared to 2018. There were 180 reported crashes in 2018, versus 131 crashes so far in 2019.
“Taking marijuana is not any better than taking alcohol,” Dr. Michael Laymon said. “You still have that impairment. And when you combine the two, we’re just asking for disaster.”
Dr. Laymon is the director of the School of Physical Therapy at Touro University. He has studied the effects of marijuana and alcohol on the brain for decades.
“There’s a 200 percent increase in death, the risk of death when