Las Vegas ‘Santas’ To Help Crosswalk Safety Push

December 21, 2011

Pedestrian safety advocates and police in Las Vegas are enlisting a jolly old elf, and maybe a Christmas tree or two, in a drive to improve crosswalk safety during the bustling holidays.

UNLV Safe Community Partnership chief Erin Breen says police will hand out tickets Tuesday to motorists who fail to stop for pedestrians crossing streets dressed as Santa Claus.

Breen says locations will be Nellis Boulevard near Cedar Avenue and, later, Charleston Boulevard west of Maryland Parkway.

Fines can cost $190 and up.

Pedestrians can also be ticketed for crossing streets outside a crosswalk.

There have been 29 pedestrians killed by vehicles on Clark County roadways in 2011.

Sixty-four drivers got tickets when Las Vegas police conducted a similar enforcement push before Thanksgiving, involving officers dressed as turkeys.

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