To Get Kids Across Street, Vegas Deploys ... Leprechaun
City has seen rate of pedestrians killed in crosswalks spike
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2014 10:20 AM CDT
Vegas officials put a police officer dressed as a leprechaun near a school to curb jaywalkers.   (The News-Dispatch, Jessica O'Brien)

(Newser) – Las Vegas officials worried about the safety of pedestrians crossing the street did what any municipality might: They stuck a cop dressed as a leprechaun on a street corner by a school for a day, reports 8 News Now. It's actually a lighthearted approach to a pretty serious problem: Last year, 57 people were killed in Las Vegas crosswalks, and 140 kids were hit by cars. "I was crossing the street and basically one car stopped for me and the other one kept going as fast as it could," says one 14-year-old student at the school. "My heart was beating so fast." One mom who lives across the street from the school calls the crossing "a battlefield" for her kids. And Friday's leprechaun effort netted some results: Officials issued citations to more than 60 people.

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Mar 17, 2014 9:37 PM CDT
Next story. Pedophile used Leprechaun costume to lure kid from cross walk.
Mar 17, 2014 9:32 AM CDT
If you are going to Las Vegas expect to be clipped !
Mar 16, 2014 12:47 PM CDT
If that picture is a Leprechaun in Las Vegas, I sure would like to know what day that was. I haven't seen that much snow on the ground here ever. Knowledge is only obtainable from experience. My experience tells me that picture is not Vegas, yet they still put it in the story. Kind of tells us what these people, who write and edit these stories, really think of us.