NHP Ramping Up Pedestrian Safety Efforts

Agency Combining With Other S. Nevada Law Enforcement Through March 15th

Mitch Kelly
March 02, 2020 - 6:15 am
A crosswalk for pedestrians crossing the street.

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT)  - In an effort to enforce pedestrian safety, through March 15th NHP will join forces with law enforcement agencies statewide to heighten enforcement of the state’s pedestrian safety laws through the dedication of extra traffic enforcement patrols.

Funding for these extra patrols is made possible by Joining Forces grants received from the Nevada Department of Public Safety/Office of Traffic Safety.

Between 2013 & 2017, 393 pedestrians lost their lives and 789 were seriously injured in pedestrian crashes on Nevada’s roadways. In an effort to reverse the trend of pedestrian injuries and deaths, Troopers will be looking for traffic offenses made by both drivers and pedestrians.

All road users, drivers and pedestrians, need to remember and obey the basic rules of the road that put in place to help save lives:

Pedestrians 

      - Use intersections and marked mid-block crosswalks only
      - Between dusk and dawn, wear bright clothing or accessories that can be seen at night
      - Continue to look for oncoming traffic until the other side of the road is reached
      - Make eye contact with drivers before stepping into the street 


Drivers

       - Obey speed limits and know when conditions warrant even slower speeds, including streets that are not well lit
       - Check intersections and mid-block crosswalks for waiting pedestrians, and yield to them
       -Make eye contact with pedestrians waiting to cross the street


Joining Forces is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement program aimed at reducing injuries and crashes through statewide enforcement in the areas of: DUI, speed, distracted driving, seat belt and pedestrian safety. The goal of these enforcement campaigns is to save lives by increasing public awareness about the dangers of making poor choices while driving