Joining Forces campaign to focus on pedestrian safety in June

The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is reminding motorists to watch for pedestrians in crosswalks.

The Carson City Sheriff's Office along with other law enforcement agencies throughout Nevada will be participating in the Joining Forces campaign in June.

Sgt. Scott McDaniel said in a news release that the focus will be on pedestrian safety.

"According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nationally, 4,735 people were killed in 2013," the statement read. "Nevada consistently ranks among the 10 worst states for pedestrian fatalities. Nearly 90 percent of pedestrians and drivers involved in fatal crashes are local residents, not visitors."

That information was provided by the NHTSA and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Transportation Research Center, according to the news release.

McDaniel said the Joining Forces campaign promotes statewide enforcement in the areas of DUI, distracted driving, seat belt use, speeding and pedestrian safety, and the goal is to save lives by increasing public awareness about the dangers of making poor choices while driving.

Grant funding for this event is provided by the Nevada Department of Public Safety - Office of Traffic Safety. The money is used to pay for additional deputies who will be on the lookout for pedestrian-related violations, according to the news release.

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