LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The Nevada Highway Patrol will be joining forces Friday with the California Highway Patrol and other local agencies targeting the highly traveled Interstate 15 corridor between California and Las Vegas.
It is estimated that an average of 45,000 vehicles enter Nevada on the I-15 corridor from Los Angeles, California, on a daily basis, which equates to an average in excess of 16 million vehicles entering every year.
Memorial Day weekend is the kickoff to summer and the I-15/Primm Corridor is expected to see a heavy flow of traffic, both northbound and southbound. It’s estimated that the Memorial Day weekend could bring 330,000 visitors to the Las Vegas Valley. The goal of both agencies is the safety of the motoring public, especially during this holiday weekend.
This stretch of I-15 was once considered one of the most deadly stretches of highway in the country. With the collaborative efforts of the two law enforcement agencies, the number of fatal crashes in this area has been reduced through enforcement and education.
The two agencies will focus their efforts on speed infractions, the move-over law and distracted driving violations. Commuters will be warned with the DMS electronic freeway signs which will flash the message “Move Over or Slow Down for Stopped Emergency Vehicles,” as well as “Entering NHP Zero Tolerance Zone” as a reminder to be safe.
The California Highway Patrol will focus their efforts on the California side of I-15 and will include the use of their fixed-winged aircraft that measures speed from the air.