One Voice Is Making Reno's Streets Safer

May 19, 2017
Reno Youth Radio

If you have been walking around lately you may have heard a new voice at some crosswalks in Reno telling you when it’s safe to cross. It’s the new standard implemented by the City of Reno for all crosswalks. Reno Youth Radio’s Molly Concialdi has the story.

Standing at the corner of Keystone and 5th, it is clearly a really busy intersection. Suddenly you hear an unfamiliar voice.

Walk sign is on to cross 5th. Walk sign is on to cross 5th. Walk sign is on to cross 5th.

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Last year, motor vehicle deaths were up 8 percent nationwide. The National Safety Council estimates that 38,300 people died on U.S. roads and 4.4 million were injured. In Nevada, roadway deaths were up 14 percent in 2015 compared to the year before.

Deborah Hersman is president of the council. She told our partner KNPR in Las Vegas that there’s no single theory on why deaths have gone up, but the strongest correlation may be with the economy.

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Almost 2,500 warrants will be eligible for forgiveness by the Reno Municipal Court starting next week. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman reports.


For one month, people with warrants for traffic violations and minor misdemeanors can pay what they owe, have their warrants canceled, and not worry about additional warrant fees. Judge Dorothy Nash Holmes is leading the program.

Nevada Department of Transportation

There will be lane closures south of the Spaghetti Bowl on Interstate 580 in Reno beginning Sunday. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has details.