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News Release

Traffic Officers Target Dangerous Intersections

March 04, 2013



Henderson, Nev. – Nearly a quarter of the 32,367 people killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2011 died at intersections. In an effort to make the roadways safer, Henderson Police Department’s Traffic officers will be targeting intersections looking for accident-causing traffic violations.

Henderson Police will be joined by other area officers for this enforcement effort that starts today and continues over the next three weeks with enhanced enforcement on various days. Plain-clothes officers will be at busy intersections radioing waiting uniformed police officers to pull over drivers who are committing traffic violations.

Officers will be looking for drivers running red lights, following too closely, driving aggressively, making unsafe lane changes, failing to yield to pedestrians and distracted driving. Officers will be at intersections deemed dangerous through a review of state and local statistics.

In 2011, the deaths of 32,367 people occurred in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States, with 6,758 of those deaths in crashes that occurred at intersections, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In 2012, motor vehicle crashes killed 258 people on Nevada roadways. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 42 of those deaths, according to the Nevada Department of Public Safety – Office of Traffic Safety. In Nevada, 58 pedestrians died in traffic crashes in 2012. Of the fatal pedestrian traffic crashes in the state last year, 42 occurred in Clark County with five of those occurring in Henderson.

The Henderson Police Traffic Unit received funding from the Department of Public Safety - Office of Traffic Safety, as part of the Joining Forces Grant. The grant provides funding for enforcement and education to reduce deaths and injuries on Nevada roadways. The grant will assist in funding special enforcement details throughout the year targeting seat belt usage, DUIs, pedestrian safety and speeding violations.

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