Police patrols increased as students start new school year

Molly Waldron

Police patrols increased as students start new school year

CREATED Aug. 27, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The bell sounded Monday just after 2 o'clock. Its the end of the first day of school for thousands of Clark County children and sending them home safe is priority for law enforcement.

Outside Lee Antonella Elementary School, North Las Vegas police ticketed car after car not obeying the rules of the road.
"We want to make the point to everybody that they need to be aware of children and watch out for other drivers," Lt. Randy Sayer, North Las Vegas Police Department, said.
Sayer said police caught drivers speeding, on cell phones and not stopping for kids in crosswalks.
"I think it's awesome the police are out here making sure drivers stay slow and kids get back and forth safely," parent James Byrd said.
Police pushed today's pedestrian safety campaign at intersections and crosswalks that are the most dangerous for students - like the crosswalk at Camino Eldorado and Bent Arrow where 6-year old Mia Decker was hit and killed last year.
"My daughter is in 2nd grade and she just mentioned it to me the other day, she misses the girls," parent Erica Forsstrom said.
Despite the warning some parents and students chose not to use the crosswalk. Police said they hope their presence reminds everyone to be smart and safe.
"Unfortunately every year is a deadly year for motorists and pedestrians," Sayer said. "We're tired of cleaning up the bodies."