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Metro Names Most Dangerous Intersections

LAS VEGAS -- The recent rash of pedestrian deaths has led many to question the safety of crosswalks and intersections.

Metro Police reports the five most dangerous intersections combined account for 67 injury accidents in the past six months. Since the end of April, 17 accidents have occurred at the intersection of Tropicana Avenue and Paradise Road, making it the most dangerous according to Metro's Traffic Bureau.

With only three of the four streets at that intersection with painted crosswalks, pedestrians say they have had close calls.

"A month ago, a lady was on her cell phone texting and she almost hit me," pedestrian Eric Handy said.

Metro says pedestrian accidents happen in several places throughout the valley. They can not pinpoint one particular area or intersection as the most dangerous for people on foot. The traffic bureau can say that of the 56 fatalities this year, one-quarter were caused by pedestrians. That makes auto-pedestrian accidents the leading cause of fatal crashes.

This year, the five most dangerous intersections for accidents involving injuries to both drivers and pedestrians are: Tropicana Avenue and Paradise Road, Tropicana Avenue and Eastern Avenue, Tropicana Avenue and Pecos Road, Pecos Road and Flamingo Road, and Sahara Avenue and Fort Apache Road. 

The Nevada Department of Transportation controls many of those intersections. The department wants to know if walkers or drivers feel unsafe.

"If we get enough calls from the community or Metro lets us know of an area they are concerned about, we actually do studies in that area to determine if we need better lighting, we need to reduce a speed limit, or if we need to add a crosswalk," Michelle Booth with NDOT said. 

Now that Metro has identified which intersections have had more accidents, they will begin sending more traffic officers to patrol the areas more often. If the public want improvements like a crosswalk repainted or added to a street, they have to contact the city where they live, Clark County or NDOT.