LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — As the summer months start, local law enforcement agencies in Southern Nevada are reminding both drivers and pedestrians of safety protocols in regards to crosswalks.
Law Enforcement Reminds Drivers:
· Drivers may not turn right or left when there is a pedestrian in any of the lanes of travel in the direction they are turning.
· Drivers may not pass a stopped or slowing vehicle at an intersection, marked mid-block crosswalk or on a green signal, until they have determined why the other vehicles are not moving.
· Drivers must yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk on the half of the road they are traveling, until the person walking is on the sidewalk or past the centerline.
· When the pedestrian is a crossing guard, drivers must yield both sides of the road until the guard in on the sidewalk.
· In an active school zone or crossing zone, it is unlawful to pass another vehicle, no matter the speed of the slowest driver.
· In the dark, most headlights do not give drivers enough notice to see people crossing the street, legally or not, in time to stop for them.
Law Enforcement reminds those on foot:
· Light yourself up from dusk through dawn, drivers cannot see you!!
· Always make eye contact with drivers before stepping in front of them, to assure they see you.
· Cross only at intersections or marked mid-block crosswalks
· At 40 mph, most drivers will not be able to stop for the length of a football field!
· Your life is worth the extra time to make the safest move to cross the street.
· In the daytime dark clothes blend in with the pavement from a distance, so wear bright clothes during the day, or white, for contrast. The older the eyes, the more contrast needed.
· Half the people struck by a car at 35 mph will not survive.