Lake Mead & Sloan: 2nd look at dangerous crosswalk
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV)- It's a crosswalk danger we've told you about before at Lake Mead and Sloan. That intersection sees a lot of foot traffic, especially at night. Despite Action News highlighting the dangers for pedestrians nothing has been done.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It's a crosswalk danger we've told you about before at Lake Mead and Sloan. That intersection sees a lot of foot traffic, especially at night. Despite Action News highlighting the dangers for pedestrians nothing has been done.
Now a woman is mounting an effort for a traffic light. We got a first hand look at how dangerous this crosswalk is not only for pedestrians, but also for drivers who are trying to do the right thing and safely let people across this legally protected walkway.
Crossing Lake Mead at Sloan is hard enough when vehicles pass up one pedestrian trying to use a crosswalk.
"The reason I get off my bike, is because a lot of times, if you ride your bike the other people don't stop. They run you right over," says Glen Ortiz, who often crosses Lake Mead.
He does everything right, but as he says, that doesn't always mean you're safe.
"'Cause you can be right. You can also be dead right!"
Another thing that makes crossing at this crosswalk harder is that, I have a hard time seeing cars coming from this direction and they probably have a hard time seeing me trying to cross. Now there's a woman in the community that wants to make things safer for everyone.
"We need something to be done. We need a light or something here that's going to make sure that not only the pedestrians, but the drivers are safe," says Shela Yates.
She has started a petition with over 200 signatures.
"Right up there is a traffic light. How come we can't have one down here," says Yates.
This intersection is controlled by NDOT. A spokesperson tells Action News they will look into this area to see if it warrants a traffic study.
"We keep track of high accident prone areas and we go back and we do studies based on that and we do try and make improvements whether it's marking the crosswalk again, putting up lights, whatever it is that we need to do," says Michelle Booth, spokesperson with NDOT.
For Yates, a study or safety tips won't come quick enough to save someone's life.
"Don't tell me how to cross the street. Do something. C'mon! ...Every other excuse. Every other yak, yak, yak except for the right thing. Just put a light out here," she says.
Yates says she will continue to fight for a safer place for her and her neighbors to cross. NDOT tells Action News if there is a cross walk or intersection that needs a look at and it's under their jurisdiction, people can call (702) 385-6500.