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Note to tourists: Being on vacation does not mean you can’t be run over

Numerous studies list Vegas as ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS CITIES IN WHICH TO BE A PEDESTRIAN. Much of the blame can be put on drunken drivers, speeding drivers and roads designed for speed rather than pedestrian safety. But pedestrians who ignore crosswalks and walk in traffic share responsibility, too.

So why does Metro ignore jaywalkers in front of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on Las Vegas Boulevard? It’s a favorite tourist spot, and downtowners welcome the visitors, but the scene outside the shop appears increasingly out of control. People stand in the street, cross against the lights and walk outside of the crosswalks.

At Tuesday morning’s Pawn Stars scrum, we saw a Metro cruiser (No. 10096) pass insouciantly while pedestrians ignored every safety rule. For whatever reason, those jaywalkers seem invisible to Metro. One hopes that along with being invisible, they are invulnerable, but the record doesn’t provide much support for that conclusion: There were 58 pedestrian deaths in Nevada in 2012, up from 46 the year before. Pedestrian deaths in Clark County alone rose from 30 in 2011 to 42 last year.
Transportation for America, a national pedestrian advocacy organization, last year ranked Las Vegas sixth most dangerous large city for pedestrians during the period of 2000 through 2009.

Note to tourists: Being on vacation does not mean you can’t be run over.