Las Vegas Metro police see more than 100 traffic related deaths in 2012
There have now been more than a hundred fatal traffic accidents in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's jurisdiction in 2012.
The latest victim was a man in a motorized wheelchair going across the street near Jones Boulevard and Robindale Road Thursday night.
According to police the 58-year-old man riding the scooter was struck outside of a crosswalk and ejected.
He was later pronounced dead at University Medical Center.
"This gentleman made this trek every night, and it just makes you wonder how many times he made it past or almost got hit. And if somebody would have just told him sir, just go down to the end there and use the cross walk it's so much safer," said Lt. Richard Fletcher with the LVMPD.
Police say the driver involved stayed at the scene.
Metro said this marks the 102nd fatal traffic accident in its jurisdiction so far this year.
"And that's just Metro's (jurisdiction), that's not (including) North Las Vegas, Henderson, and Boulder City. Well over a hundred and fifty county wide. And we had a hundred and fifteen for all of last year," said Erin Breen with UNLV's Safe Community Partnership.
Breen said pedestrians are the most common victims, and currently the worst streets in the valley for them are along Charleston, Flamingo and Boulder Highway.
"It's very wide, it's very flat, there are not places to cross, it's very comfortable to speed," Breen told FOX5.
As our cameras were rolling we caught jaywalker after jaywalker on those roads.
Breen said long distances between crosswalks make it tempting for many to Jaywalk.
But breen says slowing down drivers will vastly reduce the number of deaths.
"Could we do a better job with reducing speed limits in our community? That's what we have to do. That's the one thing we can do that we haven't done… speed kills across the board, and we have far too many speeders in our town," Breen told FOX5.
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