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Copper thieves causing lack of street lighting on the 215
Concerned viewers contacted Action News, hoping for a solution to this problem. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A concerned viewer contacted Action News, frustrated over a lack of street lighting in the northwest part of the Valley.
He said there's a lot of traffic going through the area and it's an accident waiting to happen.
The problem area is on a stretch of the 215, between U.S. 95 and Durango Drive.
"With no street lights out here at night, somebody's going to get seriously injured or killed," said Centennial Hills resident Russ Whitehead.
Whitehead told Action News he's been complaining about the problem for months, but continues to get the runaround.
"I called the city of Las Vegas to report it, the city told me it was a county problem. Called the county, they said this started in the first of March and we're on it," said Whitehead.
When Action News called the county, we were told the reason why the lights are off is because thieves are stealing the copper wiring needed to keep them on.
Still, Whitehead said, that's no excuse when lives are at risk, "I know it's expensive to get it fixed but all it's going to take is one lawsuit or somebody seriously injured or dying out here and a lawsuit to the county, or the city wherever the case may be or jurisdiction lies, and who's going to foot the bill; the taxpayers."
A county spokesperson assured Action News this problem will be fixed in the next couple weeks. We'll check back and keep you posted.