Your mom always told you, “Look both ways before crossing the street.” When you started driving, your mom then shifted the focus, “Wear your seatbelt,” “Don’t Speed,” “No texting!” “Be aware of other drivers,” “No talking on the phone,” “Slow down at crosswalks,” and “Watch out for kids running into the street.” Unfortunately, we don’t always listen to our parents and that leads to trouble.
Las Vegas is a great city. Unfortunately, it can be a dangerous place for pedestrians. In 2014, Las Vegas ranked 15th in major U.S. cities for pedestrian deaths. Not all of those can be attributed to drunk visitors on the Strip. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2.51 pedestrians were killed per 100,000 residents. Unfortunately, that number continues to rise this year. In the first half of 2015, a report showed pedestrian deaths are up 60% over the same period as last year.
We can make a change. Join in our Las Vegas community to make pedestrian deaths and pedestrian related accidents a mirage. Get involved in your neighborhood campaigns for pedestrian safety near all schools and the implementation of more crosswalks throughout the Las Vegas valley.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has made efforts to make our streets safe for pedestrians. Metro has set up decoy sting operations near dangerous crosswalks in the city. If you are driving and do not stop for the people crossing the street, be prepared to pay the price because you will be issued a ticket. If you are driving and see a pedestrian, you must stop until the person is no longer in your half of the crosswalk. Follow the rules of the road and stop for pedestrians. If you are walking into the crosswalk, make sure you listen to your parent’s words and, “Look both ways before crossing the street.” Do not step into the street until you have made sure it is safe to do so.
By observing the traffic rules, paying attention, and looking out for others, we can make Las Vegas a safer place for everyone. Remember: SAFETY STARTS WITH YOU!
If you do find yourself hurt in an accident, please contact Alessi Law. We will focus on your rights, while you focus on getting healthy.
Facts and figures obtained from the Las Vegas Review Journal.