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NEWS FROM: Nevada Peace Officers Standards & Training 99-110

Media Advisory Peace Officers Standards & Training To Simulate
Crashes Involving Pedestrians and Bicyclists

Nevada law enforcement officers to hone skills at special accident reconstruction class  

The Nevada Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Division is hosting a 40 hour class on pedestrian and bicycle accident reconstruction, March 8-12, for 26 law enforcement officers representing five Nevada law enforcement agencies. The class is being offered through a traffic safety grant provided by the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety via a contract with a branch of Texas A & M University Law Enforcement & Security Training Division, of the Texas Engineering extension service.  

The field exercises portion of the class will be held on Thursday, March 11 from 8:30am-11:00am at the Stewart Facility on Gibson at 5500 Snyder Avenue in Carson City. The field exercises will simulate pedestrian and bicyclist-involved collisions with crash test dummies being struck by a moving car at residential street speeds. Law enforcement officers attending the class will watch and "investigate" to better hone their skills in this area.  

Scott Johnston, Training Coordinator for Nevada Peace Officers' Standards and Training reports, "This week, officers are learning ways to better understand pedestrian and bicyclist involved traffic collisions and be able to more effectively follow-up with appropriate enforcement and interagency efforts to improve overall pedestrian safety."  

In Nevada in1998, there were 314 fatal traffic collisions resulting in 360 fatalities. Of those 360 fatalities, 47 involved pedestrians. Based upon figures from the National Safety Council, the societal economic cost to the community for each fatality is calculated at $900,000.00. Each traffic collision burdens the community with economic costs of between $9,300.00 and $49,000.00, depending on the severity of the injury.