Las Vegas police delivering safety message to bus riders

Las Vegas police delivering safety message to bus riders

CREATED Oct. 22, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- If you are riding one of the city buses this morning, you may be sharing a seat with a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer.

The Las Vegas police delivered messages of public safety to bus riders.

"It's a great way for Metro to help us to get the message out to people who sometimes need to be reminded to do the right thing when they get off the bus," said Erin Breen, Director of UNLV Safe Community Partnership.

So far this year, 35 pedestrians have been killed in traffic accidents. That is five more than all of last year.

Concern is growing over the number of pedestrian fatalities in Clark County, so Metro officers and public safety advocates looked into it. They found a trend in where these incidents were taking place.

"What we discovered is there's a lot of people hit in the vacinity of bus shelters," said Breen.

Bus riders often make the big mistake of getting to their bus stop by crossing outside of marked crosswalks and darting out in front of traffic.

LVMPD officers handed out informational cards and buttons. They were riding buses up and down Sahara Avenue to promote pedestrian safety.

A few things they covered include the importance of being predictable as a pedestrian and giving drivers a chance to see them and making eye contact with drivers.