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DUI checkpoint following big game announced for Sunday night

Posted at 11:00 AM, Feb 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-01 14:00:39-05

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Traffic Bureau along with the Northwest and Spring-Valley Area Commands will be conducting a “Sobriety Checkpoint” sponsored in part by a grant from the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety.

Officers from Southern Nevada will take part in this multi-jurisdictional event to focus on both the drug and/or alcohol impaired driver. Drug Recognition Expert Officers will be on scene to help evaluate drug impaired drivers.

The checkpoint will be held between 5 p.m. and 3 a.m. Feb. 3. The checkpoint will be located in the northwest part of the Las Vegas valley. The checkpoint will identify drug and alcohol impaired drivers to include juveniles, young adults, and older adults, before they get involved in a collision, thereby increasing the safety for all Southern Nevada motorists.

This event symbolizes the commitment of Southern Nevada law enforcement agencies toward reducing the number of DUI incidents and decreasing the number of impairment related traffic collisions as well as impairment related traffic fatalities. The point of contact for this event will be Sgt. Dave Stoddard who can be reached at 702-828-8202.

Impaired driving fatalities have consistently been the most common cause of motor vehicle accidents resulting in injuries and death in Nevada. Don’t gamble with someone else’s life. What seems like a small buzz can have deadly consequences when taking to the roadways. Legal and Illegal drugs, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and lack of sleep can also impair your ability to drive safely. Law enforcement agencies want to remind motorists to always drive and ride sober or use a designated driver to reach your destinations safely. In efforts to achieve the “Zero Fatalities” goal this holiday, drivers and riders are encouraged to abide by the following guidelines:

* Designate a sober driver before drinking;
* Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation if impaired;
* Take advantage of local sober ride programs;
* Call 911 if a drunk driver is spotted on the road;
* Take the keys or assist in making other arrangements for someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired

For resources and laws pertaining to impaired driving and riding, please visit http://www.zerofatalitiesnv.com/dont-drive-impaired.