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Law enforcement agencies will be 'Joining Forces' to enforce pedestrian safety

Posted at 2:57 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 18:04:33-04

On Aug. 21 and Aug. 24, law enforcement agencies statewide will be Joining Forces to heighten enforcement of the state’s pedestrian safety laws through the dedication of extra traffic patrol deputies.

Funding for these extra patrols is possible by a Joining Forces grant received from the Nevada Department of Public Safety/Office of Traffic Safety.

All road users, drivers and pedestrians, need to remember and obey the basic rules of the road that have been put in place to help save lives:

- Use intersections and marked mid-block crosswalks only.

- Between dusk and dawn, wear bright clothing or accessories that can be seen at night.

- Continue to look for oncoming traffic until the other side of the road is reached.

- Make eye contact with drivers before stepping into the street.

- Obey speed limits and know when conditions warrant even slower speeds, including streets that are not well lit.

- Check intersections and mid-block crosswalks for waiting pedestrians, and yield to them.

- Make eye contact with pedestrians waiting to cross the street.

Joining Forces is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement program aimed at reducing injuries and crashes through statewide enforcement in the areas of: DUI, speed, distracted driving, seat belt and pedestrian safety. The goal of these enforcement campaigns is to save lives by increasing public awareness about the dangers of making poor choices while driving.

For more information about Nevada’s pedestrian safety laws, visit the state’s Zero Fatalities website.