Police Urge Drivers, Pedestrians to Pay Attention

LAS VEGAS -- In 2012, nearly 250 pedestrians were injured in accidents involving cars, 40 people were killed.

The New Year got off to a deadly start when two people where hit by a car that went up on a sidewalk in North Las Vegas on New Year's day. An 18-year-old died and a 16-year-old is in critical condition.

On Monday, children will return to classes from their winter break. Police are asking everyone, from drivers to pedestrians, to be extra careful.

"The biggest danger for children in school zones is often the parents behind the wheel of a car," said Chrissie Coon, North Las Vegas Police Department.

Authorities with Clark County School District Police, Metro Police and Nevada Highway Patrol say pedestrian safety will be a top priority as kids head back to school.

"This year we must do better. Our families and neighbors lives depend on it," said Metro Police Sgt. Todd Raybuck.

Police plan to have extra patrols near school zones looking for everything from jaywalkers to speeders.

Jen Morris, a mother of five, says she will do her part as a parent to make sure her children are safe.

"I pick my kids up specifically -- not so much for them not following rules -- it's for other people not paying attention."

 


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