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July 29, 2014

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Lead-footed drivers beware: Police out in force today

If you’re speeding or talking on a cell phone today on U.S. 95 or on Interstate 15, don’t be surprised if you get stopped and ticketed.

Officers with the Southern Nevada Traffic Task Force will be out in force today writing tickets for hazardous moving violations, including following too closely, speeding, making unsafe lane changes and using cell phones. And, officials said, they will be taking a zero-tolerance approach.

The effort is an attempt to raise awareness of what causes crashes on Las Vegas freeways.

Police will focus on both directions of U.S. 95 from I-15 to Lake Mead Boulevard and on I-15 between Lake Mead Boulevard and Russell Road.

The task force is made up of traffic officers from the Nevada Highway Patrol and Metro, North Las Vegas and Henderson police.

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  1. Good.

  2. Enforcing punitive, revenue-enhancing measures without using that revenue to implement real-world driver education, training and license testing?

    Lame.

  3. Wow! One whole day. Very impressive!

  4. Agree with a lot of your posts Mr. Reza but can't go on this one.

    Last I looked was not the Police duties to educate, train or test.

    If you have a license in theory you have already been educated, trained and tested.

    Instead of fines maybe they should just pull licenses and let the law breakers go get their education, training and tested to get it back.

  5. As my original post suggested, using revenue gained from punitive measures should be used specifically for better training, testing and licensing procedures. But it isn't.

    A properly-trained driver in a well-maintained vehicle can drive all day at 130 MPH and do no harm. One poorly-trained, distracted driver can injure or kill someone just leaving their driveway ... And the latter happens far more frequently.

    But sure, target one stretch of freeway for one day, so that bad drivers will be financially penalized -- without giving them the training or requirements to improve.

  6. Well they finally get together and do what they're supposed to do, yeah. If they would do that everyday more drivers would behave, instead they focus on DUI's and leave the idiots alone. We thank you task force for at least doing it for one day.

  7. "The effort is an attempt to raise awareness of what causes crashes on Las Vegas freeways."

    Raise awareness? What are they, a charity?