Town Hall meeting set to increase safety on Southern Nevada roads
Action News investigates a crosswalk danger in a senior citizens' community.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The recent spike in fatal and injury crashes on Southern Nevada roadways has law enforcement and safety advocates scrambling to find ways to improve pedestrian safety.
That includes installing what are called "rumble strips." The lines of raised bricks are designed to slow drivers down and protect pedestrians in crosswalks.
The homeowners' association at Quail Estates West installed rumble strips to protect senior pedestrians in their gated community.
Board president Beverly Laird says, they work. Laird says, "You can watch when a car goes by. Their brake light comes on and they do slow down a bit."
Action News viewers want more. They're calling for traffic lights at crosswalks they consider dangerous. Safety advocates say that's not practical. They say lights are set up to help traffic move, and neon crossing signs should protect pedestrians. Erin Breen of Safe Community Partnership says, "It is incumbent on the driver to see what there is to be seen. To say I didn't see them is not an acceptable excuse."
A town hall meeting will be held at UNLV to get public input on what needs to be done to make streets safe. Engineers, elected officials and members of law enforcement will be on hand. It's set for next Wednesday, November 16Th, in the auditorium of UNLV's Science and Engineering building.