Joining Forces: Valley police crackdown on aggressive, fast drivers

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Police across the valley are cracking down on aggressive drivers.  Jan. 2 marked the beginning of a three-week effort called Joining Forces.

“Just remember that it’s not worth your life or somebody else’s life,” said Officer Aaron Patty with the North Las Vegas Police Dept.

North Las Vegas Police say officers are in full force this month with a zero-tolerance policy for excessive speeding.

“The goal of this enforcement is to target dangerous drivers, aggressive drivers, in an effort to save lives,” Officer Patty said. “There have been a series of fatal crashes in this state, in this valley alone, over the past year.”

Just last week on Christmas Eve, police say a driver was going more than double the posted speed limit on this stretch of Lake Mead Boulevard near Pecos in North Las Vegas.

Surveillance video shows him crashing into another car killing a woman, and sending her son to the hospital.

“For this family not to be able to see this man coming at a high rate of speed during the day, is a major cause for concern,” according to Patty.

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To avoid similar situations, police authorities plan to beef up patrols in problem areas, such as Lake Mead Boulevard.  There will also be extra enforcement on other major roads.

The crackdown isn’t just coming from North Las Vegas Police. Several departments across the state are also trying to put the Kibosh on speedy drivers this month.

“It helps to have a united front,” said Andrew Bennett with the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety.

Henderson Police and the Nevada Highway Patrol will also be targeting speeders for the next few weeks.

The office of traffic safety says speed accounted for nearly one-third of deadly crashes in 2018, state-wide.

“2016 to 2017, we saw a decrease in fatalities for the first time in the past decade, but from 2017 to 2018, we did experience an increase,” Bennett said.

Twenty-one people died on North Las Vegas roads in 2018, but authorities hope the latest effort by police will make 2019 a better year.

The enhanced enforcement will continue through Jan. 22.

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