112 crashes at local bus stops over last 6 years in Las Vegas Valley
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Friday's crash at a local bus stop is just the latest in a string of accidents.
In the last six years, there have been 112 crashes at transit shelters in the Las Vegas Valley.
The Regional Transportation Commission is conducting studies and allocating money to do things like move the bus shelters further back from street.
The shelter in Friday's crash was installed 18 years ago directly on the sidewalk.
The RTC currently does not have permission to push this shelter further back from the curb because the land is privately owned.
Community advocate Chris Christoff says that there is more though that the RTC could do to make it safer.
The RTC's own studies have identified more than a dozen things they can do to improve bus shelters and increase safety for riders.
Tina Quigley, general managed of the RTC, sent the following statement to Action News.
“As a parent, I find this accident to be devastating, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and children today. This accident is another example of how safety is an issue for our entire community. While the RTC cannot protect our community from drivers who are not following the rules of the road, we have and continue to take measures to make safety enhancements where possible. Our efforts include conducting safety studies, investing $15 million in our transit shelter program and partnering with local governments and businesses to move transit shelters further back from the road as recommended by the safety study. It is our hope that working together as a community, we can make our streets safer for everyone.”