Nevada authorities announce another traffic-safety crackdown


The Nevada Highway Patrol is announcing another crackdown as authorities urge pedestrians and motorists to “obey the rules of the road.”

“Law enforcement statewide will be joining forces, issuing citations to pedestrians and motorists who are breaking traffic safety laws,” the NHP said in a statement this week.

The latest traffic-safety effort started Aug. 7. It runs through Aug. 14.

“The Nevada Highway Patrol will be joining forces with local agencies to deter violations by both pedestrians and motorists in areas where heavy pedestrian and motor traffic occur,” Trooper Jason Buratczuk said. “Both pedestrians and motorists need to watch out for each other on the roadways. If they don’t, the Nevada Highway Patrol will.”

The NHP said that Nevada law requires pedestrians to use sidewalks, crosswalks and pedestrian bridges and obey all traffic-control signs and signals.

If no sidewalk is in place, pedestrians must walk on the left side of the street, facing traffic.

For motorists, they must yield to pedestrians and avoid passing vehicles that are stopped for pedestrians.

“Pedestrian safety is the responsibility of both the pedestrian and the motorist,” the NHP said. “Both cause crashes. Nevada consistently ranks among the 10 worst states for pedestrian fatalities. Nearly 90 percent of pedestrians and drivers involved in fatal crashes are local residents, not tourists.”

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