Focus on Pedestrian Safety Increases Nationally
Las Vegas, NV - Law enforcement officers in Clark County, in which sits the city of Las Vegas, along with neighboring Washoe County are cracking down on drivers and pedestrians who violate the rules of the road. The Nevada Department of Public Safety declared that initiatives like this would commence starting Monday, August 6, 2018, according to Macon.com. Since Las Vegas is a popular vacation and business destination for people from Georgia, folks who plan on traveling to Las Vegas and throughout Nevada should be aware of this latest law enforcement endeavor.*
Police officials indicated that 26 pedestrians died in the first half of 2018 in Clark County. Another three people died in Washoe County while walking.
Nevada Highway Patrol troopers cautioned motorists and pedestrians alike that everyone must observe and practice road safety. Operators of motor vehicles are not solely responsible for pedestrian safety. Pedestrians must take safety into their own hands by crossing exclusively at crosswalks which are in the center of a block or at intersections, looking in both directions before starting across the street, and continuing to watch out for hazards as they cross the street.
Drivers still carry some of the burdens to ensure pedestrian safety. The Nevada Highway Patrol reminds drivers to watch for people who show an intent to cross the street. Motor vehicle operators must be alert at all times by paying attention to the road and refusing to text while driving in addition to engaging in other dangerous behaviors. Also, drivers must slow down and observe speed limits, which will help with faster stopping times. The law mandates that motorists must stop for pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections as well.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pedestrians comprise 16% of all traffic fatalities nationwide. The NHTSA calculated that one pedestrian dies every two hours and one pedestrian suffers injuries in car accidents nationally.
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