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Sting will target motorists violating crosswalk rules

F.T. Norton

CARSON CITY – Deputies here will keep a close eye on crosswalks in the coming weeks after two children received minor injuries when they were struck on Roop Street last month.

Sgt. Mike Cullen said crosswalk enforcement will take place Wednesday, Monday and Aug. 19 on heavily traveled roads such as Roop, Carson, Stewart streets and Highway 50.

“It’s an ongoing problem, with people failing to yield to pedestrians,” he said. “The rule is, once they are in the crosswalk, you are required to stop within a safe distance from them.”

A decoy, trained in the law, will begin to cross the street. Deputies will be nearby, ready to chase down any law-breaking drivers.

Sheriff Kenny Furlong said the hazards of crossing Carson City’s streets was brought to his attention his first day in office.

“The day I was sworn in, a man was killed at a crosswalk on Long Street,” he said.

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A citation for failure to stop for a pedestrian carries a $142 fine and puts four demerit points on your driving record.

Nevada Highway Patrol troopers will take part in patrolling crosswalks on Monday and Aug. 19.

According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, 1,166 pedestrians were injured and 64 killed in 2002.

The number of pedestrian fatalities increased from 46 in 2000 to 64 in 2002.

In 2002, most pedestrian crashes occurred from noon to 9 p.m., with a peak from 3-6 p.m.

More 35- to 44-year-old males were injured in pedestrian crashes than in any other age group. The next highest age group for males was ages 10-15.

More 10- to15-year-old females were injured in pedestrian crashes than in any other age group. The next highest age group for females was 35-44.

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