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Project aims to assure pedestrians seen at night

Posted at 12:49 PM, Nov 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-13 15:49:39-05

A local nonprofit wants people to now just how dangerous our streets can be.

Working with HELP of Southern Nevada, volunteers from UNLV's Vulnerable Road Users Project sewed reflective fabric on jackets and backpacks Friday in an effort to get the word out about lighting yourself up when you are traveling home by foot or bike from dusk to dawn.

HELP also conducted a Life Skills classes during which they distributed lights and flashers.

To date, 37 pedestrians, 8 bicyclists, and 10 scooter operators have died on valley roads, the majority of them at night. In 2014, pedestrian fatalities jumped from 30 to 45 in the two weeks following the time change, 14 of them at night. The "Don't be What Goes Bump in the Night" campaign is addressing that issue. Kicked off for Halloween, the project will continue to offer reflective materials and lights through the winter at area programs that assist the population who walk out of necessity.

The project was funded by a grant from the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety.