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Pedestrian safety measures focus before school starts

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Updated: 8/19/2013 12:53 pm
LAS VEGAS — With hundreds of thousands of students returning to school in just one week, Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager today stressed the importance of driving carefully around the region’s schools at the West Career and Technical Academy.

The commissioner also called for a renewed focus on pedestrian safety in response to an alarming increase in pedestrian deaths in recent years.

So far this year, 32 pedestrians have been killed by vehicles in Clark County. Through all of 2012 there were 42 pedestrian deaths here. In 2011, there were 30 pedestrian deaths in Clark County, and 33 pedestrian deaths here in 2010.

“We are seeing a frightening trend in pedestrian deaths in Clark County,” Brager said. “I hope that we all can take certain steps to reverse this trend and make our community safer for people walking to school, the park or their neighborhood store.”

Three key safety recommendations were highlighted today.

Give pedestrians a brake: Please slow down and be especially aware around our schools, playgrounds and intersections.

Don’t be distracted: Drivers, wait until your car is in park to text or talk. And pedestrians, take your headphones off and don’t text or talk while walking or crossing the street.

Follow the rules of the road: Drivers, pay attention to traffic signals and signs, and don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Pedestrians, stay on the sidewalk, cross at intersections. If a car is coming, wait for it to stop and try to make eye contact with the driver before crossing in front of him or her. Do not assume the driver can see you. And remember what your mother told you: Always look both ways when crossing the street.

During their regular board meeting Tuesday, the County Commissioners will designate August as Pedestrian Safety Month. Also, as part of this public education effort, the County has created a public service announcement and posted a list of driving and pedestrian safety tips on the County website.

 From news release


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