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Nevada Highway Patrol - Southern Command
Monday November 25th, 2013 :: 10:41 a.m. PST


Will the Turkey Make it Across the Street, or Cry Fowl on Local Drivers? Law Enforcement Agencies to Co-Op on MLK at Balzar

Will the Turkey Make it Across the Street, or Cry Fowl on Local Drivers?

Law Enforcement Agencies to Co-Op on MLK at Balzar

WHAT: Law Enforcement Action to Address Pedestrian Safety
WHEN: Tuesday, November 26th 7:30 am
WHERE: MLK and Balzar Avenues Early TBD Afternoon

If its Thanksgiving week in Las Vegas, there must be a turkey crossing the street somewhere… but this turkey is armed with a radio that brings back up that could really cut into your holiday spending…

The fifth annual appearance of “Butterball One” kicks off Tuesday morning at 7:30 at a high profile location that got a big safety boost from Councilman Ricky Barlow and Las Vegas City Council members this week, Martin Luther King and Balzar, in front of Kermit Booker Elementary School.

Officers from LVMPD Traffic, Bolden Area Command and Downtown Area Command will be joined by School District Police and Nevada Highway Patrol to encourage motorists and pedestrians to follow Nevada law. The citations could fall in North Las Vegas court, where the fines start at $324.

The goal isn’t writing a lot of tickets, the goal is getting people across the street safely, a task that has been difficult in Clark County, especially in this area. Two pedestrians have been killed in 100 yard stretch from Balzar to Bartlett since September19th. Local residents protested and petitioned their city representative, Councilman Barlow, to make much needed changes. Their voices were heard and November 20th, the first critical step was taken; lowering the speed limit.

Tuesday’s site was chosen in early November, and while the city’s efforts will make crossing safer, there is still much to be accomplished in the area, officer reinforcement of the laws will help make sure residents are aware of their responsibility when it comes to safely crossing the street.

Pedestrian fatalities in Clark County have passed last year’s total of 42 and currently stand at 46. The lower speed limit is only part of what is needed to make this stretch of road, as well as all roads in Clark County safer. Lighting must be improved across the valley, marked mid block crosswalks must be added to allow those on foot access to safe places to cross the street; drivers must watch for those waiting to cross the street and stop for them, and pedestrians must cross where drivers expect to see them:
The driver and pedestrian actions will both be watched by law enforcement and there will be zero tolerance for those breaking the law. This area is particularly dangerous and expensive because of the proximity to an elementary school. Fines for both pedestrians and drivers are doubled during posted school zone times.

In addition to drivers stopping for pedestrians and pedestrians being predictable the other rules to be reminded of are:

• Wherever two streets intersect the pedestrian has the right-of-way, there does not have to be a painted crosswalk
• It is illegal to pass another car who is stopped or slowing at an intersection or marked mid-block crossing
• Traveling at 40 mph it takes almost a football field’s length to react and stop a standard vehicle
• Make eye contact with drivers before stepping in front of their vehicle at every lane, never assume because one car stopped the next one will.
• Wear bright colored or white clothing and light yourself up at dusk and after.
• Cross where drivers expect to see you.
• Stop and look in both directions before crossing any street, even when you have a green light, keep looking as you cross.
Citations in North Las Vegas court start at $324 for drivers and pedestrians failing to yield, in the city fines start at $191. Both courts add administrative costs to the base.

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Erin Breen
Director, UNLV's Safe Community Partnership
702-895-2015 office
702-895-4401 fax
702-523-2750 cell

Nevada Highway Patrol - Southern Command
4615 W Sunset Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89118

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