Fatal accidents involving multiple substances up in Nevada

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Wreckage from a multi-car collision in August 2018 involving an impaired driver. An 8-year-old child was killed in the crash. (Photo: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
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Wreckage from a multi-car collision in August 2018 involving an impaired driver. An 8-year-old child was killed in the crash. (Photo: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

The number of marijuana-related traffic fatalities in Nevada dropped last year, the first full year of legal recreational sales in the state. Alcohol-related traffic deaths were also down. But fatal accidents involving a mixture of substances increased.

A report released Monday from the Department of Public Safety says statewide fatalities involving cannabis decreased from 36 in 2017 to 27 in 2018. Alcohol-related fatalities statewide dropped from 46 to 38. 

But vehicle fatalities involving other drugs increased from 12 in 2017 to 18 in 2018, while fatalities involving a mixture of substances increased from 75 to 101.

Andrew Bennett, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, says the 2018 figures may change as new reports are filed. 

So far in 2019, 125 people have died in Nevada as the result of vehicle accidents, compared with 162 for the first six months of 2018.

So far this year, pedestrian deaths are up 18 percent statewide. Deaths involving unrestrained occupants are down 48 percent.

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana is the mother of four adult children, three cats, three dogs and a cockatoo.

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