New campaign underway highlights pedestrian safety
Now that school is out for summer, a new campaign is underway to highlight pedestrian safety around the Valley.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Now that school is out for summer, a new campaign is underway to highlight pedestrian safety around the Valley.
21 pedestrians have lost their lives so far this year in Clark County. Now, a series of safety posters are going up in buses and bus shelters.
Area students are behind the winning designs."I wanted to show the viewpoint from the driver's point-of-view to show how drivers always need to keep pedestrians safe," said Jessica Purdy, contest winner.
More than 50 students submitted entries to "Save a Life, Win a Macbook."
The winning posters came from 10th grader Purdy and 8th grader Maria Macias-Padron. One gets a Macbook, the other an iPod.
The posters are intended to educate drivers and pedestrians that pedestrian safety goes both ways.
Anne-Marie Ricci knows that all too well. She and her boyfriend were hit on Jan. 1 by a driver who was apparently speeding, and under the influence, and went up onto the sidewalk.
Anne-Marie was injured and her boyfriend became the first pedestrian fatality of 2013, "It'll get the message out there that pedestrian safety is important and people need to take caution about it."
UNLV's Safe Community Partnership said there were nearly 600 pedestrian related crashes in Clark County last year. Almost all of those included injuries.