It seems every time we hear the news in Las Vegas, we’re saddened to learn of another pedestrian accident.  Just in the last week, we’ve had two teenage boys hit by a vehicle at Harmon and Jones yielding trips to the hospital with moderate injuries, a man attending to his stalled car at the side of the road, killed on I-15 near Primm, and most recently a 14 year old girl killed, and her two companions hospitalized, when a truck hit them while crossing Blue Diamond near Cimarron.

According to the State of Nevada, through October 31st, we have had 37 pedestrian fatalities on the roads of Clark County in 2013.  This total does not include the past week, and compares to 35 pedestrian fatalities in Clark County for all of 2012.

Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones in this way.  No words can console family members who have lost parents, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, due to a pedestrian/vehicle accident.  Of course pedestrians have no protections against 2 tons of metal moving at any rate of speed.  Therefore, it is important for both drivers and pedestrians to exercise due care to prevent such accidents.

Let’s face it, whether we’re driving a car or not, we’re all pedestrians.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has provided a web site to that effect.  The site contains valuable information concerning Safe Walking Tips, Research and Statistics, Curriculum & Resources, and Programs and Activities.  There are many age related resources as well, with audiences targeted to ages 5 – 18, as well as older adults.

For pedestrians, be aware, that you can’t win against a car or truck. Be careful when crossing a road, especially the extra wide roads with have in Las Vegas.  Wear light colors at night to be visible to drivers.  Use marked crosswalks.

Driver’s, use increased vigilance to prevent accidents.  When approaching any type of business district, realize that unpredictable things are bound to happen…slow down and look for potential obstacles.

Problems of this nature require personal action from all involved, whether driver or pedestrian.  We encourage increased safety to prevent such heartbreaking headlines from occurring through raising awareness and education.