Metro enforces traffic rules along busy Bonanza Road

LAS VEGAS -- 2014 is shaping up to be another deadly year for pedestrians and that is why police are stepping up efforts to bust drivers who aren't paying attention.

For the first seven months of the year, the numbers were down compared to 2013. Last year, Metro Police saw 28 auto-pedestrian fatalities.

In the last few weeks, officers have seen a spike in deadly pedestrian accidents, which now stand at 19.

A lot of surface streets in Las Vegas are 45 miles an hour but police say most drivers go about 50 mph, adding to the problem are jaywalkers.

On Friday, Metro did something to deter the danger at an intersection where four people were hit while they were in a crosswalk with flashing lights.

Joe Croce is concerned too many drivers have thrown out the rules of the road.

"They come around this corner fast, and I mean fast. They don't stop for anybody." Croce said.

He has dealt with lead-foot drivers on Bonanza Road for seven years now.

"These people won't even stop for you. They beep at you like they're going to run you over," Croce said.

Friday was a day for busting lawbreakers. In a span of a couple blocks along Bonanza Road near Eastern Avenue, Metro had 10 officers running radar, and even a decoy officer in a marked crosswalk to catch drivers that did not yield.

"I'm so glad the police are taking action against this. It is so good," resident Renee Goddard said.

Drivers, who were pulled over, like Tim Breed, have a different viewpoint.

"They've got people everywhere, cops everywhere, distracting you. A gentleman on the sidewalk playing games with the crosswalk, which makes you look at him and not the light he is pushing, and the cop pulls you over, and you got a ticket like me," Breed said.

Breed has been driving up and down Bonanza Road for 25 years, but this is a day he won't forget.

"This is entrapment. This is not cool. I don't agree with it. But we do got to keep people safe on the streets, and Metro is just doing their job," Breed said.

For police, they say it is not about ruining people's day; it is about cutting down on the roadway slaughter that could be stopped.

"Everybody thinks that it can't happen to him. Everybody thinks that it is too bad that person died, but trust me when I say, ‘I've seen it.' I've seen the kind of tragedy that occurs," Metro Traffic bureau Sgt. Don Evans said.

According to Metro, officers made 158 traffic stops during Friday's enforcement and gave out 134 tickets to drivers who failed to yield to pedestrians. 


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