Report: Fewer traffic deaths in Nevada in 2011 |

Report: Fewer traffic deaths in Nevada in 2011

CARSON CITY (AP) – The Nevada Office of Traffic Safety says the number of people killed in traffic accidents in Nevada plunged in 2011.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that as of Sunday, 231 people died in Nevada traffic accidents around the state.

That was down 22 from the same time in 2010 – and was far fewer than the record 431 fatalities in 2006.

Just 64 of the deaths involved alcohol as a factor. That was about half the 126 in 2008.

In Clark County, 105 people have died on the highways this year, down 25 for the same time span last year.

State traffic safety chief Traci Pearl attributes the decline to more police enforcement, more attention by motorists, less drinking and driving, and more frequent use of seat belts.

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