INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Nevada Highway Patrol plans to increase enforcement efforts on pedestrian and crosswalk violations over the next several weeks, the department announced Thursday.The decision, according to NHP, was made in response to recent accidents involving pedestrians who have been struck and killed in the region, including the incident last Friday in Incline Village that claimed the lives of Robert C. Mathis and Linda Mathis, both 46, of Incline Village. Read more about that incident here: http://www.tahoebonanza.com/article/20120104/NEWS/120109984/1061andamp;ParentProfile=1050The decision also was made due to recent NHP statistics indicating pedestrian-related crashes in Douglas, Lyon and Washoe counties were higher in 2011 as opposed to the previous year.“Troopers will be at various intersections in Northern Nevada specifically looking for drivers who do not yield for pedestrians wishing to cross at crosswalks, as well as identifying pedestrians who choose to cross a street unsafely or by jaywalking,” according to an NHP press release.Along with Thursday’s announcement, the highway patrol issued the following safety reminders to motorists and pedestrians.
• Be certain to only cross a street or highway in a marked crosswalk.• Make sure that each driver approaching the intersection is yielding or has stopped for you before entering the street or crossing the entire roadway — especially on multiple-lane roadways.• Even when you have the signal to cross safely, scan both directions of travel and look for moving or approaching vehicles.• Don’t assume that every driver will see you in a crosswalk and be aware of all approaching traffic.• Be extra careful when crossing the road at nighttime and especially when there is little or no lighting.
• Pay attention at all times when operating a motor vehicle with special emphasis near intersections and marked crosswalks for pedestrians who may be crossing the roadway.• If you notice a vehicle in the adjacent or opposing lane slow down or stop, ask yourself why? There may be a pedestrian crossing the street that you don’t see or another type of roadway hazard not immediately visible.• When making a left or right turn at an intersection, always check to be certain that no one is attempting to cross the road adjacent to you.• Do not change lanes near an intersection where a motorist immediately in front of you is slowing down or stopped.