Heading south this weekend? Cooperative effort advises motorists to mind your manners, not your phone

A stock image shows a Nevada Highway Patrol car | Photo Flickr, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Travelers over Memorial Day weekend are being advised that the Nevada Highway Patrol once again will be joining forces with the California Highway Patrol starting Friday targeting the highly traveled Interstate 15 corridor between California and Las Vegas.

This stretch of I-15 was once considered one of the most deadly stretches of highway in the country, and with Memorial Day weekend being the traditional kick off for the summer vacation season, it’s estimated that the weekend could bring over 300,000 visitors to the Las Vegas Valley, as well as many who will continue south into California or north to Utah.

According to a press release from Nevada Department of Public Safety, the goal of both agencies is the safety of the motoring public during this holiday weekend. The collaborative efforts of the two agencies has managed to reduce the number of fatal crashes in this area 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 fix winged aircraft that measure speed from the air.

Also participating in this Joint Enforcement will be Las Vegas Metro and Henderson police departments.

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  • utahdiablo May 25, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Glad to hear it, about damn time….get out there and slow these damn people down and get them off their damn cell phones while driving

    • PatriotLiberal May 25, 2018 at 11:51 pm

      This is California and Nevada. Two states with real, enforceable, anti cell phone laws. Utards however will continue trxtung, calling, navigating, reading, watching tv, etc on their phones because our ‘law’ is a joke.

      • John May 26, 2018 at 11:11 am

        Panty-fa, again you post something without any research whatsoever..UTAH’S LAW = “Cell Phones and Texting
        Cell phone restrictions:

        Drivers less than 18 years old are PROHIBITED from using a cell phone while driving, unless faced with an emergency.
        Texting restrictions:

        All drivers, regardless of age, are banned from texting while driving.”
        You get that bathroom floor cleaned yet?

  • darkgoddess May 26, 2018 at 6:53 am

    It should be against the law in ALL states to use cell phone or text while driving. Even hands free can be problematic. I talk with my hands, and when I tried using a hands free device some years ago, it was no better than actually talking with phone up to my ear. I still only had one hand on the wheel. I gave that up, and don’t use my phone at all while driving. I turn on the “I’m driving” feature.

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