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Event held to introduce "Be Smart. Be Safe. Be Seen."

Event held to introduce "Be Smart. Be Safe. Be Seen."

By Rikki Cheese. CREATED Jul 9, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Action News has a new partner in our campaign to make Valley roads safe for drivers and pedestrians.

Look Out Kids About is joining Action News and adding a new dimension. Together, we're calling on everyone to Be Smart. Be Safe. Be seen.

Look Out Kids About has been focused on protecting young pedestrians for more than six years. The group brings a lot to the table; already working with everyone from the PTA to the RTC, the school district, law enforcement and the Girl Scouts.

Robin Munier is president of Look Out Kids About. She says, "Pedestrian safety is of paramount concern in our valley. Our coalition, Look Out Kids About about feels that if we increase public awareness, we can reduce the high number of accidents our valley is currently experiencing."

Munier joined Channel 13 Station Manager Thom Porterfield and Action News Anchor Tricia Kean at Town Square Monday morning to announce the new collaboration, and the addition of "Be Seen." to the pedestrian awareness campaign.

Many of the community leaders and members of law enforcement Munier has worked with for years gathered to show their support.

Munier said signing the pledge is an important step to raising awareness. She said, "It does set the thing in motion, because if you read it you're pledging to be responsible whether you are the driver or the pedestrian."

Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak was one of the first to sign the new pledge. He said "We need the community to become involved, to become aware. They're our eyes and ears out in the community."

State Senator Mark Manendo has worked on pedestrian safety legislation for 20 years. He promotes the pledge at his day job at Collision Authority. He said, "We've turned in over 200 pledges, and we're working close to 300 pledges."

Assemblyman Richard Carrillo said signing the pledge only a start. He said "I believe it's a mindset. But I really believe it comes from the home. It starts at home. It's parents educating their children to make sure that we actually are going to protect them and also themselves."

School District Police Chief Jim Ketsaa agreed, and said CCSD is in this campaign for the long haul. Ketsaa said, "It's very important. We don't want to lose anymore children."

RTC Director of Engineering Services David Swallow said, "Being seen is incredibly important", and stressed that pedestrians, drivers, and bicyclists must watch out for each other.

Munier said she believes the pledge can save lives.

"No longer can we lose another child, parent, a grandparent or a loved one to a senseless accident that can be prevented."





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Rikki Cheese is currently an anchor and reporter for Action News.