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Drunk driving on the rise in Las Vegas during coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 7:51 AM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 10:59:18-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Bars across the valley remain closed, yet Nevada Highway Patrol continues to see a rise in impaired drivers. Tuesday, at least 2 people were taken into custody in separate incidents, thanks to an increase in patrols for Cinco de Mayo.

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Overall, crime may be down because of the pandemic, but the number of DUIs are up from this time last year. According to Andrew Bennett with the Nevada Department of Public Safety, in April of this year there have been at least 133 DUI arrests. In April of last year, there were 75 DUI arrests.

Tuesday, NHP shared a tweet, after troopers arrested a driver who was going the wrong way on the 215 near Lake Mead. They say the driver was under the influence.

Impaired driving is not the only issue troopers are seeing right now. Andrew Bennett says there has been a 9% increase in pedestrians killed so far this year, compared to last year. That could be because more people are going for a walk during the stay-at-home orders, as well as the increase in the number of drivers speeding on the roads.

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"People feel comfortable when there's more space on our roadways to speed, and that's something we really need to address," says Bennett.