Safety of the traveling and riding public is always a top priority for the RTC, so we were especially honored to receive the “Nevada Traffic Safety Project of The Year” award for our participation in the Road to Zero program.
Presented during the Oct. 18 Nevada Traffic Safety Summit, the RTC took home the accolade, along with partnering Road to Zero program participants – Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) and Waycare, a subsidiary of Rekor Systems, Inc., a global Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology company. The award, sponsored by the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and the Nevada Department of Public Safety (DPS), recognizes individuals and organizations that have made an outstanding effort to eliminate serious injury and fatal crashes on Nevada roadways.
Road to Zero is a National Safety Council grant-funded program through which the RTC, in partnership with the Nevada Highway Patrol, is using AI software developed by Waycare. The software, combined with proactive police presence and public messaging, helps to improve traffic safety on US-95 and I-15 in Southern Nevada.
Road to Zero has yielded impressive results that translate into enhanced safety. The project saw a 43% reduction in speeding drivers along with an 18% reduction in crashes, surpassing the original goal three times over. This is in addition to providing economic savings to the agency and region.
This successful collaboration between the public and private sectors and the use of advanced technology is improving public safety for everyone on the road.