Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Law enforcement from the Nevada Highway Patrol, Clark County School District Police Department and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department were out in force at South Maryland Parkway and Reno Avenue Thursday morning.
But they weren't targeting drivers. Instead, they watched out for pedestrians.
They handed out pamphlets and pencils to kids that remind them of what they need to do to cross the street safely.
It's just one of the scheduled events for Zero Fatalities School Year for Children Education Week. Safety advocates said addressing pedestrian safety, needs cooperation from all involved.
"One thing we always recommend is making or being a good example. Being that perfect example and showing them when they do need to cross the street, they do it safety. They do it at the crosswalk," said NHP Trooper Loy Hixson.
Since 2011, school children have made up a third of all pedestrians struck on the roads in Clark County, according to Erin Breen, director of the Vulnerable Road Users Project at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
She also said in 2012, 188 students were hit in Clark County. The hope is that efforts this week will make the community more aware about the dangers on the road and the rules that must be followed in order to start the school year off safely.