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NHP, CHP targeting I-15 corridor on Memorial Day weekend

The Nevada Highway Patrol will join with the California Highway Patrol and other agencies Friday to target the highly traveled Interstate 15 corridor between Primm and Las Vegas.

An estimated average of 45,000 vehicles enter Nevada on the corridor from Los Angeles each day, the Nevada Highway Patrol said, which equates to an average of 16 million vehicles entering annually.

Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer, and the corridor is expected to have heavy traffic northbound and southbound. The Nevada Highway Patrol estimates the holiday weekend could bring 330,000 visitors to the Las Vegas Valley.

“This stretch of Interstate 15 was once considered one of the most deadly stretches of highway in the country,” the Nevada Highway Patrol said. “With the collaborative efforts of our two agencies, we have managed to reduce the number of fatal crashes in this area through enforcement and education.”

Both highway patrols will focus on speed infractions, the move-over law and distracted-driving violations.

Commuters will be warned with electronic freeway signs that will flash the messages “Move Over or Slow Down for Stopped Emergency Vehicles” and “Entering NHP Zero Tolerance Zone.”

The California Highway Patrol will focus on the California side of I-15 and will use fixed-wing aircraft, which measure speed from the air.

Contact Jessica Terrones at jterrones@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Find @JessATerrones on Twitter.

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