LAS VEGAS, Nev. (702 Times, NV Globe) – The North Las Vegas Police Department Traffic Division is concentrating on pedestrian safety during a recent two-day program that begins Thursday.
On Thursday, November 10th and Tuesday, November 15th, 2022, the department will have extra officers focused on school zones (Elementary, Middle, and High Schools) and high-risk crosswalks across North Las Vegas.
Officers will be proactive in protecting pedestrians attempting to cross major streets and will collaborate with LVMPD, Nevada State Police, and the Clark County School District in the enforcement of any crimes.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 6,516 pedestrians were murdered and an estimated 55,000 pedestrians were wounded in 2020.
The agency also advises vehicles and pedestrians to prioritize pedestrian safety.
8 DRIVER SAFETY TIPS:
- Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times.
- Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or bad weather.
- Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
- Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too.
- Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing where you can’t see.
- Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
- Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street, in school zones, and in neighborhoods where children are present.
- Be extra cautious when backing up and look for pedestrians.
8 WALKING SAFETY TIPS:
- Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
- Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
- If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
- Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.
- If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.
- Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment.
- Embrace walking as a healthy form of transportation – get up, get out and get moving.
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