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Police crackdown on drivers violating crosswalk laws near valley schools

Posted at 11:31 AM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 14:56:56-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — An Elvis impersonator crossed the street at a crosswalk near Cashman Middle School early Wednesday morning to help bring attention to crosswalk safety.

While an Elvis sighting isn't unusual in Las Vegas, this particular one was Clark County School Police Sargent Bryan Zink.

He was on the street checking to make sure drivers stopped to allow him through the intersection as required by law.

Several police officers were nearby and ready to issue tickets to anyone who blew through the crosswalk.

Police began the crackdown to protect students, and potentially prevent another tragic incident like 16-year-old Mary Lilly's death in 2015.

"I'll always be Mary's mother, but she's no longer with us," April Stewart said.

Stewart said her daughter was hit and killed by a car as she was crossing a crosswalk near Craig Road and Pioneer Way.

"You start and end your day with the same person for 16 and a half years, and then they're gone," she said.

Erin Breen, director of the Vulnerable Road Users Project, said late October and early November begin the most dangerous period of the year for pedestrians as nights draw longer with the time change, and Halloween presenting dangers for kids heading out to trick or treat.

"It's your job to stop for them," Breen said.

Police said 21 kids had been struck by cars while heading to school so far this school year - an uptick from previous years, and they want to see those numbers come down.

"I don't want anyone else to have to have an officer come to their door and tell them their child has been hit," Stewart said.

Officials said police issued a total of 123 citations during Wednesday's enforcement.