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Las Vegas 'turkeys' tackle crosswalk safety enforcement

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Officers clad in turkey costumes plan to cross busy streets as part of a holiday enforcement on Nov. 26, 2013. (Shannon Moore/FOX5) Officers clad in turkey costumes plan to cross busy streets as part of a holiday enforcement on Nov. 26, 2013. (Shannon Moore/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

They may look silly, but police officers clad in turkey costumes are crossing busy Las Vegas streets to remind drivers to follow laws at crosswalks.

In a fifth annual event, officers from Las Vegas Metro, Clark County School District and Nevada Highway Patrol are teaming up Tuesday to address pedestrian safety.

In the enforcement event, the turkey pedestrians cross marked crosswalks while awaiting patrol officers look on to see if vehicles yield to the fowl. Those caught breaking the law will be pulled over and cited.

View slideshow of the turkey crossing event from 2012.

According to UNLV's Safe Community Partnership, fines and court fees for crosswalk violations start at $324 in North Las Vegas.

Organizers of the event said the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday is being used as the basis of the enforcement, and their aim is to make drivers aware of people walking rather than handing out tickets.

As of Tuesday, 46 people have died in automobile-pedestrian crashes in Clark County this year, already surpassing last year's total.

Law enforcement officials also wanted people to be reminded of the following:

  • Wherever two streets intersect the pedestrian has the right-of-way, there does not have to be a painted crosswalk.
  • It is illegal to pass another car who is stopped or slowing at an intersection or marked mid-block crossing.
  • Traveling at 40 mph it takes almost a football field's length to react and stop a standard vehicle.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before stepping in front of their vehicle at every lane, never assume because one car stopped the next one will.
  • Wear bright colored or white clothing and light yourself up at dusk and after.
  • Cross where drivers expect to see you.
  • Stop and look in both directions before crossing any street and even when you have a green light, keep looking as you cross.

Officers plan to patrol the area of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Balzar Avenue during the morning.

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