Dangerous crossing raises concerns among Laughlin residents

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – A fatal crash involving a pedestrian in Laughlin last month has raised concerns among residents about the safety of a busy intersection.

Along a busy stretch of road sits two bus stops on either side of the street near Cougar and Bruce Woodbury Drive in Laughlin. Residents walk about half a mile from their apartments to get to the bus stop.

“I’ve had two instances myself in the past few months where cars don’t realize that there is a crosswalk here and they will stop at the last second,” Joshua Orosco explained. “You can barely even see the white of the crosswalk and people just fly through here all the time and somebody else is going to get killed.”

<em>Along a busy stretch of road sits two bus stops on either side of the street near Cougar and Bruce Woodbury Drive in Laughlin. Residents walk about half a mile from their apartments to get to the bus stop. (KLAS) </em>
Along a busy stretch of road sits two bus stops on either side of the street near Cougar and Bruce Woodbury Drive in Laughlin. Residents walk about half a mile from their apartments to get to the bus stop. (KLAS)

Orosco is referring to the night a 70-year-old man hit and killed by a pickup on December 22, 2023.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Lieutenant Grant Rogers and his officers patrol the area and said they have stepped up enforcement since the incident.

“This is one of those spots where we run radar and would stop a pedestrian if they are not in the marked crosswalk to let them know for safety reasons,” Lt. Rogers explained.

The posted speed limit in the area is 45 mph but when 8 News Now was out there, many drivers were seen going over the speed limit.

Residents in the area said they want to make the road safer by adding a traffic light in the area.

“They need something to let cars know they need to stop for pedestrians,” Orosco added.

Lt. Rogers told 8 News Now he would welcome any help.

<em>Along a busy stretch of road sits two bus stops on either side of the street near Cougar and Bruce Woodbury Drive in Laughlin. Residents walk about half a mile from their apartments to get to the bus stop. (KLAS)</em>
Along a busy stretch of road sits two bus stops on either side of the street near Cougar and Bruce Woodbury Drive in Laughlin. Residents walk about half a mile from their apartments to get to the bus stop. (KLAS)

“The Laughlin Town Advisory Board made a recommendation to the county to get a red and green traffic device at this intersection so hopefully that occurs in the near future,” he said.

A spokesman for Clark County, which governs the area, told 8 News Now they are looking into conducting a traffic study to see if a signal is warranted in the area.

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