Officers arrested seven drivers on DUI charges and handed out more than 132 speeding tickets to motorists and motorcycle riders during a recent enforcement effort targeting impaired drivers.
Henderson police officers, assisted by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Nevada Highway Patrol, used saturation patrols to search the area for drunk drivers over a three-week period ending on Jan. 4.
The officers issued 132 tickets to motorists for speeding and another 11 citations for motorists running red lights. The officers also issued a number of tickets for drivers with no insurance, registration violations and driving on a revoked, suspended or expired driver’s license.
In 2015, 321 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes on Nevada roadways. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 61 of those deaths, according to the Nevada Department of Public Safety – Office of Traffic Safety.
Clark County had 39 of the 61 alcohol-related traffic crash deaths in 2015 with a total of 192 of the 321 traffic fatalities. There were 13 traffic-related deaths in Henderson in 2015. Five of these deaths were alcohol-related crashes.
The Henderson Police Department received $200,400 in federal funding through the Nevada Department of Public Safety – Office of Traffic Safety for the 2016 Joining Forces program.
The grant provides funding for enforcement and education to reduce deaths and injuries on Nevada roadways. Enforcement events during the year will focus on pedestrian safety, seat belt use, speeding, distracted driving, and impaired driving.