Chalk silhouettes drawn along the valley’s roads caught the attention of many locals and tourists. The silhouettes are part of the “Dusk to Dawn” campaign aimed at raising awareness about pedestrian safety in the city and according to authorities, the 91 outlines represent pedestrians who have been hit by vehicles and died between January 2018 and June 2019.
Erin Breen, UNLV’s Vulerable Road User’s Project says,
“When you left work on Friday it was light out, when you leave work tomorrow it’s not going to be light out and everyone needs to realize how much more attention you need to pay.”
Participating organisations from the community who joined together for the campaign include; local agencies, road safety advocates, police officers, the fire department, Clark County School District, and many more.
According to News 3 Las Vegas, “The outlines have been spotted by many Las Vegas residents and has been acknowledged by Las Vegas Fire and Rescue’s Twitter page. The post says it’s part of a “Dusk to Dawn” campaign that’s being run by the UNLV School of Medicine.”
Ever since experts have pointed out that Flamingo Road was the deadliest street in the valley for pedestrians in 2018, more local agencies have started to divert more attention to the issue.
Cynthia Barrenuchea who spoke to LasVegasNow.com says, “I think it’s always an issue, I see a lot of people run out into traffic, especially when it’s dark, and sometimes you can’t see them until the last minute.”
The idea of the campaign was put forward by Erin Breen, director of UNLV’s Vulnerable Road User’s Project who believes that now that it’s darker outside earlier, these markings are meant to send a powerful message.
“About 80 percent of our pedestrian fatalities happen when it’s dark,” said Breen. “Drivers don’t understand that your headlights really don’t give you enough warning to see someone and actually stop.”
Advocates for the campaign have been seen giving out reflective bands and flashlights to help increase visibility at night.
Fatal crashes in Nevada hit a 10-year high in 2018
2018 is considered the deadliest year on Nevadan roads as 331 road fatalities have been recorded, a 6.4% increase from 2017.
“In 2008 we were at 324, then we dropped to the mid-200s from about 2009 to 2013 and then we saw a steady climb into the 300s in 2014,” Bennett said.
“So, 331 is on the high end in the last decade, but we have seen a 4 percent population growth over the past two years in the state as well.” Department of Public Safety spokesperson. In Clark County 120 of the 195 fatal crashes were attributed to impaired drivers, while 60 fatal crashes were blamed on the driver being under the influence.