Fatal accidents between pedestrians and drivers are an all too common occurrence here in Las Vegas and despite efforts to improve pedestrian safety in the Valley there was yet another fatal accident last week. Three small children walking in a crosswalk were struck by a 78-year-old woman who failed to yield as three other vehicles had. Six-year-old Amelia “Mia” Decker died from her injuries while another six-year old remains hospitalized. With the number of pedestrian fatalities in Nevada nearly double the national average, traffic experts have become more aggressive in their attempts to improve not only crosswalk markings but the relationship between pedestrians and motorists. According to UNLV Safe Partnership Community member Erin Breen, accidents involving pedestrians are a problem across the Southwest due to straight, wide streets which all too often invite motorists to exceed the speed limit and lose focus.
Law enforcement agencies throughout the Las Vegas Valley join together several times a year to target problem areas and cite motorists who blow through crosswalks. North Las Vegas is the only city in the valley that applied for grant money to perform additional crosswalk stings and host educational programs. The department received $60,000 from the Nevada Department of Public Safety to hold pedestrian safety events. Part of the program includes sending undercover officers across the street and nabbing motorists who fail to obey the law. Please exercise caution when walking on Las Vegas streets and if you are driver I would like to remind you not to drive distracted and to give yourself plenty of time to get where you’re going.
-Edward M Bernstein and Associates
Officials lament loss of girl hit by car despite safety project
Las Vegas Review Journal
October 28, 2011
With the number of pedestrian fatalities in Nevada nearly double the national average, traffic experts became more aggressive in their attempts to improve not only crosswalk markings but the contentious relationship between pedestrians and motorists.
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