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Nevada authorities join forces for crosswalk safety enforcement on Boulder Highway

Posted at 11:40 AM, Oct 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-26 21:07:59-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Local law enforcement throughout Clark County came together to promote crosswalk safety on Tuesday morning.

The initiative comes ahead of Halloween - a day that many children will be walking across roadways all over the valley.

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Pedestrian Tammy Wotton was trying to cross the street on Boulder Highway and Twain Avenue, where officials were holding Tuesday’s demonstration when she almost got struck by a semi-truck while she was in the crosswalk.

“We’re out here on Boulder Highway which unfortunately for 2021 is in fact the deadliest road for pedestrians in Clark County. We are at a crosswalk doing enforcement today to highlight a driver's responsibility to people when they’re crossing the street," said Erin Breen, director of Road Equity Alliance Project UNLV.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada Highway Patrol, and Clark County School District police joined the enforcement on Boulder Highway.

Traffic safety officials chose the intersection because they say it is an area that sees frequent car crashes involving pedestrians.

Most recently a family - two adults and a child - were struck just a few weeks ago while crossing Boulder Highway.

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Nevada law states that you must yield to a pedestrian while they are traveling on your half of the road and those who don’t stop will get a ticket.

“Those who don’t stop for folks in the crosswalk deserve a ticket," Breen said.

Several traffic stops were made by officers while the enforcement took place from 8 a.m. to noon.