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Traffic Safety Research Group

Department of Surgery
Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV


The Traffic Safety Research Group works with partners including the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety (NV-OTS) and all of Nevada’s American College of Surgeons verified Trauma Centers to (1) understand the human, economic, and other injury-related consequences of traffic crashes, and (2) analyze officer-initiated traffic stop data. This information is used to inform community prevention and policy initiatives with the goal of keeping Nevadans safer while on Nevada roads.
The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV strives for excellence in preserving the health and well-being of Nevadans and through research it brings new knowledge to treat and prevent disease and injury, and to promote transparency and equity in officer-initiated traffic stops. We have created a repository for the storage and analysis of information about traffic crashes, behaviors, injuries, outcomes, and traffic stop data. Data sets include multiple years of crash (scene) data and trauma center injury and outcome data which are then linked together to create a “virtual picture” of those injured from crash scene to trauma center discharge; and data collected by law enforcement agencies during officer-initiated traffic stops. The goal of our work is to improve traffic safety in Nevada through evidence-based research, which can be used to inform injury prevention and advocacy initiatives, and improve Nevada's transparency in policing.

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Please contact our team with any questions you may have about our research efforts, including traffic safety best practices.

  • Mailing Address:
    1701 West Charleston Blvd., Suite 200
    Las Vegas, NV 89102
  • Phone: (702) 823-3757

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