Traffic Officers Target Dangerous Intersections
June 05, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE
PLEASE CONTACT KEITH PAUL, (702) 267-4510
Henderson, Nev. – Nearly a quarter of the 32,367 people killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2011 died at intersections. In an effort to make the roadways safer, Henderson Police Department’s Traffic officers will be targeting intersections looking for accident-causing traffic violations.
Henderson Police will be joined by other area officers for this enforcement effort that starts Friday and continues over the next two weeks with enhanced enforcement on various days. Plain-clothes officers will be at busy intersections radioing waiting uniformed police officers to pull over drivers who are committing traffic violations.
Officers will be looking for drivers running red lights, following too closely, driving aggressively, making unsafe lane changes, failing to yield to pedestrians and distracted driving. Officers will be at intersections deemed dangerous through a review of state and local statistics.
Some dangerous intersections in Henderson which may see some extra attention during the enhanced enforcement are:
In 2011, 32,367 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States, with 6,758 of those deaths in crashes that occurred at intersections, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
So far this year, 116 people have died on Nevada roadways with 85 of those deaths occurring in Clark County. In 2012, motor vehicle crashes killed 257 people on Nevada roadways. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 42 of those deaths, according to the Nevada Department of Public Safety – Office of Traffic Safety.
The Henderson Police Traffic Unit received funding from the Department of Public Safety - Office of Traffic Safety, as part of the Joining Forces Grant. The grant provides funding for enforcement and education to reduce deaths and injuries on Nevada roadways. The grant will assist in funding special enforcement details throughout the year targeting seat belt usage, DUIs, pedestrian safety and speeding violations.
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