Wednesday, April 10, 2013 | 9:17 a.m.
Law enforcement officials have re-established the Southern Nevada Traffic Task Force in an effort to reduce highway fatalities by targeting infractions such as drivers talking on cell phones, running red lights and driving drunk.
Officers from the Henderson, North Las Vegas and Metro police departments and the Nevada Highway Patrol plan to conduct monthly saturation patrols in problem areas, beginning from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. today on Interstate 15.
Metro Police Sgt. Todd Raybuck said the task force was revived because of the growing number of traffic fatalities.
So far this year, more than 60 people have died in traffic accidents in Southern Nevada, including 37 in Metro’s jurisdiction, 22 in the Highway Patrol’s jurisdiction and two in North Las Vegas.
“I’d like nothing more than for people to see this on TV and obey the rules,” Raybuck said Tuesday during a press conference. “But tomorrow, they’ll be plenty of people ignoring driving laws and we’ll have a busy day.”