64 cited for failing to yield to 'turkey'

Nov. 24, 2011 at 4:00 AM

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Why did the turkey cross the road? To hand out 64 citations to motorists who failed to yield to the costumed officer, police said.

Las Vegas Metro Police said the number of pedestrian-crossing citations handed out Tuesday was an increase of 15 over the amount handed out during last year's single-day Thanksgiving pedestrian awareness campaign, the Las Vegas Sun reported Wednesday.

Police said more costumed awareness events will be held during the upcoming holiday season.

"We're probably going to do Santa Claus this year," said officer Michael Lamle, who donned the turkey suit to cross roads across the city Tuesday.

Police said the costumed street crossings are designed to raise awareness of proper crosswalk safety procedures.

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