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Las Vegas police targeting drivers who run red lights

By Denise Wong. CREATED Aug 8, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- If you've ever driven through a red light, and thought no one was watching, you may want to think again.

Officers with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department will be going out of their way to target red light runners.

This effort comes just weeks before the school year starts, as more and more kids will be out and about, and crossing the streets in the morning.

Someone runs a red light every 20 minutes. That's according to information from Sunrise Children's Hospital and Safe Kids Clark County.

They said running red lights or other traffic controls is the leading cause of all urban crashes.

Here in Las Vegas, we see a lot of pedestrians hit every year.

But these types of crashes are preventable if drivers would just obey the traffic controls.

On Thursday, there will be extra officers from Metro and NHP around town during the morning commute for locals. There will also be trauma surgeons and members of Safe Kids Clark County out, as a reminder to drivers to obey the law.

According to NHP, 25-percent of pedestrian accidents in Clark County happen in intersections.