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Henderson Police Targeting Pedestrian Safety
Henderson Police Targeting Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian safety will receive top priority beginning next week in Henderson.

The Henderson Police Department's Traffic Unit officers will be out looking for pedestrians not crossing streets safely or legally and motorists not paying attention to pedestrians in crosswalks. 

Henderson Police will be joined by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, Mesquite Police, Boulder City Police and Nevada Highway Patrol for this enforcement effort, which will be from April 18 until May 9. Officers will target intersections with clearly marked crosswalks. Officers in plain clothes will cross in the crosswalk looking for motorists not yielding to pedestrians.

Officers will also be looking for pedestrians not using crosswalks and crossing against traffic signals. There have been seven pedestrian fatalities statewide this year. From 2000 to 2007, there were 434 pedestrian fatalities statewide, according to the Nevada Department of Public Safety's Office of Traffic Safety.

The officers will also be using saturation patrols looking for speeders during this enhanced enforcement effort. Speeding was the cause of about 30 percent of all fatal accidents in the United States, according to National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

The Henderson Police Traffic Unit received funding from the Department of Public Safety - Office of Traffic Safety, as part of the Joining Forces Grant. The grant provides funding for enforcement and education to reduce deaths and injuries on Nevada roadways. The grant will assist in funding special enforcement details throughout the year targeting seat belt usage, DUIs, pedestrian safety and speeding violations.

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