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DUI Strike Team boosts enforcement near Lake Mead for Labor Day

Weekend marks end of '100 deadliest days' on NV roadways
Posted at 7:54 AM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 11:13:11-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Labor Day weekend marks the end of the "100 deadliest days" on Nevada streets, and this weekend claimed the lives of at least three people in crashes.

Police were out in force all weekend long and will continue to be throughout Monday, looking for any signs of impairment.

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Total arrest numbers aren't out just yet, but Andrew Bennett with the Office of Traffic Safety says one operation by the joint DUI Task Force in east Las Vegas resulted in roughly 30 DUI arrests Saturday night alone.

"We want to make sure they're safe," said Bennett. "Now is not the time for education, we've moved into the time for enforcement."

To help you get home safely, Bennett says the coalition has pledged $1,000 to give people free Lyft credits to reduce crashes caused by impaired drivers.

The promo code is "SafeLDW2020." It should give you two $5 credits. You can use it starting using it Sept. 7 through Sept. 8 at 11:30 p.m.

The DUI Strike Team is also focusing on enforcement at Lake Mead, teaming up with the National Park Service and Wildlife Department to bolster ranks on the water.

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Bennett says the unofficial end of boating season - combined with the holiday weekend - always makes for a dangerous mix on the water and surrounding roads.

This weekend they added at least nine officers to patrol land and water in the area.

Bennett says the DUI danger will continue after the holiday weekend, so citizens are encouraged to call police with a license plate number and description of a car if they suspect someone of driving drunk.

To report drunk driving in Nevada, dial *NHP (*647).