Record breaking year for pedestrian deaths prompt residents to petition for lower speed limit

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - A record nobody wanted to break. 

Pedestrian deaths in Clark County are at an all time high.

We've surpassed the highest number of pedestrians killed over the span of a year.

Now, a UNLV student and safety advocates are working together to make the roads safer.

Five years ago, an impaired driver sped through Anne-Marie Ricci and her boyfriend Jesse Hill's neighborhood.

The driver lost control of the car, killing Jesse. Anne-Marie was critically injured. "Because of that accident I have a lot more fears on a day to day basis but I just have to push through all those to go on... I never got to thank Jesse for shielding me from the car."

Five years later, we're seeing the deadliest year on record for pedestrians.

More than 60 people have died while crossing the street in Clark County and before the year ends, that number is expected to rise.

Now, Anne-Marie is signing the petition to lower speed limits in the City of Las Vegas.

UNLV student, Jonathan McSwain started it all.

"I'll just be walking down the street, go across the street, in a crosswalk. And then cars would just still blow straight past me, wouldn't give me the right of way," says McSwain.

Pedestrian safety advocate, Erin Breen, has also signed the petition.

"If you're struck by a car 25 miles an hour, you don't have near the level of injuries or die the way that you do if you're struck by a car at 45 or 50mph."

Jonathan McSwain says, if this succeeds, he also plans on pushing to lower speed limits in areas outside of the city.

"When we're moving the wrong way something needs to happen now."

To sign the petition, click here.
 

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