Starting this morning, expect to see more officers and troopers out on some of the most dangerous local roads.
The Southern Nevada Traffic Task Force is being reinstated at 7 a.m. It consists of officers from Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, and the Nevada Highway Patrol. The goal is to curb traffic deaths.
Officials say there have been too many people killed on local roads.
“Sixty-five killed this year. Speeding, not stopping for red lights, not using a crosswalk and driving impaired,” said Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. Todd Raybuck at a recent press conference.
The reinstatement of the Southern Nevada Traffic Task Force is an effort to help reverse the recent trend of traffic-related deaths.
On Tuesday night, there was another one off Boulder Highway and Indios Ave. A woman was hit by a pickup as she crossed the street. LVMPD says the woman was not in a crosswalk. Still, it’s an example of the kind of tragedy officials want to avoid.
The task force will monitor the Las Vegas Beltway west to Rainbow Boulevard and South Desert Inn Road to Tropicana Avenue. The increased patrol ends at 5 p.m.
The task force plans to do this every month. They will target areas that tend to see a lot of crashes and distracted drivers.