Local Law Enforcement Issues Life Saving Valentines

Law enforcement will be stopping driving inflicted pedestrian crashes

February 13, 2019 - 11:33 am

LAS VEGAS, NV - 2019 has shown a spike in deadly road accidents which law enforcement is determined to stop. 

The Las Vegas area is off to a deadly start on our roads.  You are especially more vulnerable for road user. 

So far this year five pedestrians, three bicyclists and several motorcyclists have been killed year to date.

In this “week of love” local law enforcement and advocates would like to remind everyone to be a little kinder to each other. The valentine you sure don’t want to receive is the kind that will be given out Wednesday morning on Lake Mead Blvd and Lamont, to those who don’t stop for the valentine in the crosswalk.

We had a much better 2018 after coming off the worst year on record for pedestrian fatalities in 2017, but the number of people who didn’t return home in 2018 walking our roads was still greater than the number in 2016. If everyone practiced watching out for others and having a heart, we could stop this upward trend.

Agencies participating Wednesday will be Las Vegas Metro, Clark County School District Police and NHP.  Fines given during active school zones are subject to doubling; you could buy a lot of valentines with that.

Enforcement waves like this are meant to educate not only the driver getting the ticket, but the drivers who see it or read it on the news; this “high visibility enforcement” has proven to be very effective. Many drivers forget, or possibly never knew, that at marked mid blocks, and anywhere two streets intersect, the pedestrian has the right-of-way, there does not have to be a marked crosswalk at the intersection.

All offenders cited Wednesday will be offered the opportunity to clear their citation by taking a three-hour class offered by the Vulnerable Road Users Project, the next class is Saturday, February 16th at 10 am.