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Police wear grad gowns to issue citations

Posted at 3:47 PM, Jun 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-16 18:48:36-04

Just days after a hit and run crash sent two children to the hospital, police are stepping up efforts to make crosswalks safer for students.  

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, Clark County School District Police, and Nevada Highway Patrol teamed up to raise awareness about paying more attention on the roadways this summer.  

Police say the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day can be some of the deadliest on the roadways.  

"With summer here, you may see more kids out on the streets," says Officer Robert Mayer, with CCSDPD.  

Thursday, Mayer wore a graduation cap and gown while crossing the street, to remind drivers that students will be out more often now that school is out.  Other officers cracked down on speeding, distracted driving, and crosswalk laws.  

So far this year, police have responded to over 20 deadly car accidents involving pedestrians.  

According to officials with UMC Trauma, they've treated over 100 people so far this year who have been hit by a car.  

Police say it's not just the driver's responsibility to keep pedestrians safe on the roads. 

"We want to remind walkers of their pedestrian responsibilities," says Mayer.  

During last year's event, officers issued about 200 tickets.  This year, they hope to issue less.