North Las Vegas police targeting distracted drivers
North Las Vegas police are concentrating some of their resources on dangerous intersections, in an effort to make things safer for drivers and pedestrians.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- North Las Vegas police are concentrating some of their resources on dangerous intersections, in an effort to make things safer for drivers and pedestrians.
Lake Mead and Civic Center is a major intersection in North Las Vegas, and it's one that officers, even on motorcycles, have a hard time working.
Police said Monday's safety event gives them a good opportunity to beef up their presence and target dangerous and distracted drivers at high crash intersections.
"It just gives us an opportunity to have a group of people focus on driving behavior. We're not going to be interrupted by the domestic violence calls or even traffic accidents. These guys are all here to look at the traffic issues in the intersections that we're dealing with," said Sgt. Sean Walker, NLVPD Traffic.
Here's how the day works: A police officer dressed in plain clothes stands at the intersection, serving as a spotter, calling out violations as he sees them.
They're looking for a variety of traffic issues. The most common are speeding and people on their cell phones.
Action News spoke to one man who could see the spotter as he approached the intersection, but ended up getting a ticket because he didn't have a license plate on the front of his SUV.
"I don't think a lot of people are going to catch that right now. If you don't have a good attention to detail, you're going to get caught."
Police aren't limiting their focus to just Lake Mead and Civic Center. They're planning to move around to other high volume, high crash intersections in and around North Las Vegas until 9 p.m. Monday.