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Police Target Jaywalkers, Drivers at Crosswalks

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LAS VEGAS -- From 7 a.m. Wednesday morning through the afternoon, extra police officers have been monitoring drivers and pedestrians at valley intersections.

The special effort is part of a task force that hopes to change people's behaviors before another deadly collision.

The collisions are often preventable if people followed the rules of the road.

To make that happen, extra officers saturated the most dangerous traffic areas in the valley, targeting everyone from jaywalkers to drunk drivers to those who just weren't paying attention.

Nevada Highway Patrol Sgt. Kevin Honea said poor driving habits start early and can be deadly for our youngest drivers.

"We are the most impatient, discourteous, overaggressive drivers that I've seen (in) anyplace that I've lived," he said.

A recent report showed teenage driver deaths went up 20 percent nationwide since this time last year.

Honea said free classes at nonprofits such as Driver's Edge can give young drivers the edge they need to stay safe on the roads.

From learning the traffic laws to properly maneuvering their vehicles in case of a crash

"You get behind the wheel and you experience the loss of traction, so ideally you are experiencing that loss of traction for the first time in a controlled environment and you learn what you need to do to get your car out of harm's way,' he said.

With 66 traffic fatalities so far this year in the valley, officers said police can only do so much if people continue to be reckless.

"We make those choices" Metro Police Sgt. Peter Kisfalvi said. "Because of those choices, we have fatalities on our roadways."

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