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April 18, 2015

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Jaywalkers create a road hazard

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In Saturday’s article “Pedestrians urged to pay attention,” it states that the officers from the Nevada Highway Patrol, North Las Vegas, Metro and Clark County School District are working together to get pedestrians to pay attention to ensure public safety.

It’s been my experience the past several months that many pedestrians, youth and adult, just don’t care. They seem to have a mindset that “I’m the pedestrian, they’ll stop for me,” even when the driver has the right-of-way. I’ve witnessed countless times in my own community where adults constantly jaywalk across Lake Mead Boulevard to catch the bus or go to the grocery store. Just the other day, a woman was jaywalking and purposely stopping traffic because she didn’t want to walk to the corner crosswalk.

On other occasions, I’ve witnessed how students walking to the local middle school and high school are texting and walking without looking up, then walk right off the curb and into oncoming traffic. It’s amazing how arrogant and stupid they are. This is a real problem in my community.

I bet if the local law enforcement agencies would set up a pedestrian sting around bus stops and major roads that feed into high schools, they would be mighty busy handing out jaywalking tickets.

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  1. Well said letter writer. Some jaywalkers defy vehicle drivers and outwardly risk their own lives and those of others.