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Striding safely in busy Las Vegas

There’s a reason why Las Vegas is known as the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World. With its vibrant nightlife, bustling casinos and iconic Strip, it is a city that never sleeps.

However, given the high volume of foot traffic in this desert oasis, it should be no surprise that pedestrian safety is a critical concern. Here are some safety tips for the next time you’re navigating the city streets on foot.

Understanding the risks

In 2023, there were 106 pedestrian deaths on Las Vegas’ roads. Several factors contribute to these accidents, such as:

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Alcohol impairment
  • Poor visibility

Nevada law requires drivers to yield to pedestrians within any marked crosswalk or intersection. Pedestrians are responsible for using sidewalks and crosswalks and obeying traffic signals.

Other safety tips for pedestrians include:

  • Wear bright or reflective clothing, especially at night, to stay visible. Always make sure drivers see you before you cross the road.
  • Avoid distractions like texting, talking on your phone or listening to music while crossing the street. Keep an eye out for turning vehicles, especially those turning right on red.
  • Just like driving, walking while impaired can be dangerous. If you’ve been drinking, call a taxi, a rideshare service or public transportation.

Pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility. While individuals can take steps to protect themselves, city planning and legislation also play a significant role. Las Vegas city officials are making pedestrian safety a priority. The city recently received a $1.4 million grant to test new technology to make city streets safer for walkers. A new type of camera will be installed that will communicate to traffic signals whenever pedestrians are in the crosswalk.

Walking in Las Vegas, whether for daily commuting or sightseeing, should not be a gamble. You can help ensure your safety by obeying traffic laws and being visible. Still, if you or a loved one is injured by a motor vehicle, it’s crucial that you receive compensation during recovery.


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