UNLV, Metro Work to Improve Crosswalk Safety - 8 News NOW

UNLV, Metro Work to Improve Crosswalk Safety

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LAS VEGAS - Metro Police and UNLV are working together to improve pedestrian safety. They will hold an event at a valley crosswalk where a car recently struck four people.

On August 12, a car struck two adults and two children near Wardelle Street and Bonanza Road. The pedestrians were in a crosswalk at the time. The driver failed to pay attention. Two of the four people involved in this accident were hospitalized with critical injuries.

Not everyone survives crashes like this one. Sherri Bush's son died in an accident a few months ago. Her son was walking outside a crosswalk at the time. Now, she's become a safe driving advocate - warning drivers and pedestrians to pay attention.

"He would want me to get the message out to other children, pedestrians to take the time and use the crosswalk," she said. "Drivers, always be aware, just assume that somebody is always going to pop out in front of you, just be aware at all times."

Bush says no parent should have to bury their child.

She will attend Thursday's safety education event at Wardelle and Bonanza. UNLV representatives will educate drivers, while Metro Police writes tickets for anyone violating the law.

Police will be there from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. ticketing drivers and pedestrians. Because school started this week, and many parents and kids will be using crosswalks, UNLV representatives will be on-hand to explain crosswalk rules.

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