LAS VEGAS–During the past three weeks there have been several pedestrian fatalities in LVMPD’s jurisdiction. Between 2011 and 2013, Nevada witnessed a steady increase of pedestrians killed by drivers each year. With the aid of Joining Forces and Nevada’s Office of Traffic Safety, officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department will increase the enforcement of Nevada’s pedestrian safety laws on drivers and pedestrians who continue to ignore these laws.
Violations of the distracted driving laws, mainly cellular phone usage, are continuing to be observed by officers. From February 2 through February 28, 2015, law enforcement officers statewide will be joining forces in a high-intensity effort to protect pedestrians and enforce distracted driving laws. Officers from LVMPD will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Superbowl Sunday, February 2, 2015. The checkpoint will be set up in the area of Blue Diamond Road and Decatur Boulevard and will run from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Officers will target several intersections and crosswalks on February 6, 9, 23 and 27. The officers will utilize a “pedestrian decoy” operation, where an officer in civilian attire will walk the crosswalk and call out drivers and vehicles who failed to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in the crosswalk. This type of operation has proven to be very successful in the past, to heighten public awareness and in educating drivers of the importance of the pedestrian safety laws.
Finally during the third week of the month, there will be several directed patrol activities focusing on distracted drivers. An additional squad of officers will be proactively looking for drivers who use their cellular phones while operating a vehicle on the roadway. Most of these extra patrol and enforcement actions are funded through both state and federal funds and are administered by Nevada’s Office of Traffic Safety.