On July 29 the inaugural DUI Strike Team reached a notable milestone during their two-year tenure, marking 2,000 DUI arrests on Southern Nevada’s roadways. The late-night arrest was made on 215 and Durango for driving under the influence, speeding over 100 mph, lack of wearing a seat belt and illegal possession of a firearm.
Since the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) and Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) collaborated in October 2018, the DUI Strike Team has impounded 54 firearms, recovered nine stolen vehicles, filed 106 possession of a controlled substance charges, arrested 16 fugitives of the law and recorded 94 child endangerment charges. Seven days a week, the ten full-time sworn officers, including six LVMPD officers and four NHP State Troopers safeguard Las Vegas in inconspicuously marked patrol vehicles with the sole purpose of detecting and arresting impaired drivers throughout the Valley.
In 2018, 53.19% of traffic fatalities in Nevada were substance-related, with 119 substance-involved fatalities occurring in Clark County alone. Through the ongoing efforts of this groundbreaking partnership, the DUI Strike Team continues to work towards the goal of eliminating impaired driving fatalities on Nevada’s roadways.