Las Vegas Sun

December 19, 2014

Currently: 52° — Complete forecast | Log in | Create an account

Letter to the editor:

Many solutions to accidents

The more frequent incidents involving drivers and pedestrians must have a multi-approach solution.

Drivers of cars, buses, trucks and other motorized vehicles need to pay attention to pedestrians walking instead of distractions — such as texting, talking on cellphones and conversations with other passengers — plus follow the rules of the road, including slowing down.

Pedestrians also need to be aware of what’s around them, and children should be taught how to cross streets safely so they don’t get struck or nearly struck by vehicles.

Have law enforcement hand out more tickets to both drivers and pedestrians to send a message about behaviors such as jaywalking, speeding, etc.

Get parents, teachers, principals or others to help kids cross safely with crossing guards, who already do a good job.

Finally, install more crosswalk signals. There is a new one being tested, but it costs $85,000 for each. They could be installed at the highest traffic areas (both pedestrian and driver).

Every party involved in crosswalk safety must be responsible, and all solutions have to be implemented so that fewer incidents occur.

Join the Discussion:

Check this out for a full explanation of our conversion to the LiveFyre commenting system and instructions on how to sign up for an account.

Full comments policy

Previous Discussion: 3 comments so far…

Comments are moderated by Las Vegas Sun editors. Our goal is not to limit the discussion, but rather to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and contain no abusive language. Comments that are off-topic, vulgar, profane or include personal attacks will be removed. Full comments policy. Additionally, we now display comments from trusted commenters by default. Those wishing to become a trusted commenter need to verify their identity or sign in with Facebook Connect to tie their Facebook account to their Las Vegas Sun account. For more on this change, read our story about how it works and why we did it.

Only trusted comments are displayed on this page. Untrusted comments have expired from this story.

  1. As a 3 times a week bike rider on bike trails these past couple of years. I have just recently noticed a slight increase in drivers who now seem to display a concern for pedestrian and bike riders. As we have to cross some streets on our extended journey to the continued bike paths.All the recent accidents and police handing out tickets at these intersections have maybe opened up people's minds to what has to be done. I have seen both car drivers and bike riders run red lights on my rides a lot more has to be done by both parties to make things safer for all, especially children

  2. Here is an idea, tell the peds to look before committing suiside.

  3. Here's another idea tell the car driver's to look both ways before hitting the gas pedal.