Lower Speed Limits for Pedestrian Safety

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Las Vegas is a city that has been built for drivers, not pedestrians.  So as a result of this, there are a number of streets in Las Vegas, where the speed limit is just too fast and therefore unsafe to walk on.  One street in particular that we want to target with this petition is Boulder Highway, as there have been about 7 pedestrian deaths on that street already.  Currently there have been almost 70 pedestrian fatalities this year.  Unfortunately, it is impossible to stop that one person from darting across the middle of the street, but statistics show that when the speed limit is lowered pedestrians have a better chance of surviving a crash.  We need to take action as soon as possible because you never know when it could be one of your relatives, family friends, etc. that will be the next person getting hit.  For example, about four years ago a mother named Sherri Bush lost her son James Spagnoli to a pedestrian related accident.  James was hit on Flamingo Road outside of a crosswalk by a car that was traveling 47 mph.  Sadly, James passed away from his injuries received in the accident, shortly after.  Although James did make the decision to cross the street illegally, his death possibly could have been avoided if the speed limit on that street was lowered.  Lowering the speed limit will not only allow drivers to be more aware and react with ease, but it will make Las Vegas a safer city to walk in.



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