Additional officers will be out during the evening hours looking for intoxicated pedestrians. Statistics show that many pedestrian fatalities occur during the evening hours and that the victims are often intoxicated.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations (NHTSA), motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among young children, and 20 percent of these fatalities among children between the ages of 5 and 9 are child pedestrians.
The Sparks Police Department would like to remind drivers and pedestrians to share the roads. Pedestrians need to use marked crosswalks if available and to not step in front of moving vehicles if they are so close as to put you in danger. Vehicles must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks or legally crossing at an intersection where a crosswalk is not available. Vehicles also are required to stop at any crosswalk where another vehicle has stopped whether they are able to see a pedestrian or not, and only proceed when it is safe to do so.