LAS VEGAS -- The new year is barely one month old and already five people have been killed in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's jurisdiction.
Four of those deaths were pedestrians.
A task force, the Southern Nevada Traffic Safety Committee, shared ideas Tuesday which included tough new penalties to stop the death and destruction on the roads. The committee is made up law enforcement, business leaders and victim advocates.
Just last week, a 27-year-old man was hit by a car near Tropicana Avenue and Jones Boulevard. His body was tossed into nearby bushes. It was two hours after the crash before he was discovered.
Police are still searching for the driver.
Lawmakers want to stiffen penalties to stop people from fleeing the scenes of crashes.
"It's a simple message, drive safe, buckle up, obey the limits, obey the street signs," said Lt.