Henderson Police are Joining Forces Targeting Pedestrian Safety

By Press Release from the City of Henderson March 2, 2020

Henderson, Nev. – The City of Henderson Police Department would like to remind you that keeping our roadways safe is everyone’s responsibility, whether you are traveling by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, or motor vehicle. 

Henderson Police, in an effort to make our roadways safer, will be participating in the Joining Forces enforcement initiative targeting pedestrian safety from February 28th through March 15th.  Officers working this initiative, will target intersections with clearly marked crosswalks using saturation patrols.

In Nevada, 82 pedestrians died in accidents involving motor vehicles in 2018, according to Zero Fatalities Nevada.

Tips for Drivers:

• Always yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. Every intersection where two streets meet is a legal crosswalk, whether or not it is marked.
• Stop well back from a crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop, too.
• Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. They are stopped to allow pedestrians to cross the street.
• Remain stopped until pedestrians have crossed all the lanes in the direction you are traveling, or they reach the median.

Tips for Pedestrians:

• Walk on a sidewalk or path as far from traffic as possible.
• Put away electronic devices that take your eyes and ears off the road, such as cell phones and music players.
• Never assume a driver sees you; make eye contact before crossing in front of them.
• Be cautious when crossing driveways or outlets where drivers must look away from you to merge with traffic.
• Allow drivers time to recognize your intention to cross and come to a complete stop. A motorist traveling 35 miles per hour needs about 6 seconds to see a pedestrian and safely stop their vehicle.
• Cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections where two streets meet. This is where drivers expect pedestrians, and it’s the only lawful spot to cross.

The Henderson Police Department received $201,000 in federal funding for the extra enforcement initiatives through the Nevada Department of Public Safety – Office of Traffic Safety for the 2020 Joining Forces program. The grant provides funding for enforcement and education to reduce deaths and injuries on Nevada roadways. Enforcement events during the year focus on pedestrian safety, seat belt use, speeding, distracted driving and impaired driving.

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