Nevada has been listed as one of the states with the least effective traffic laws to enforce highway safety.

The Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety (AHAS), a consumer-based auto safety group, compiled a list of states in the U.S. based on the number of traffic safety laws that were being enforced during 2016.

Each state is listed by a color-ranking system based on the number of AHAS-recommended traffic safety laws that have been implemented:

  • Green: States that have 11 to 15 traffic laws that include both primary and rear enforcement seat belt laws or nine or more including both primary enforcement seat belt laws and an all-rider helmet law.
  • Yellow: States that have six to ten traffic laws that include both primary and rear seat belt laws, or seven and above, without both (front and rear) primary enforcement seat belt laws.
  • Red: States that have fewer than seven traffic laws and enforce both primary and rear seat belt laws.

Only five states currently enforce enough traffic safety laws to have received a “green” ranking by the AHAS:

  • Rhode Island
  • Delaware
  • Washington
  • Louisiana
  • Oregon
  • District of Columbia

Nevada ranks among the 17 states that do not meet the standards listed by the AHAS, receiving a “red” rating