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Big DUI Enforcement Planned for Holiday Weekend
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LAS VEGAS -- The Nevada Highway Patrol says Labor Day is second only to the Fourth of July for being the deadliest day on the nation's roads. But in Clark County, there has not been a single Labor Day traffic fatality for the past three years.

Several sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols are planned for Labor Day weekend, in what the group Stop DUI is describing as the nation's largest coordinated effort by law enforcement to prevent DUI deaths and injuries.

"We are proud to announce an unprecedented effort by seven different Nevada law enforcement agencies," said Sandy Heverly with Stop DUI.

Just days before the holiday weekend gets underway, DUI survivors, victim advocates, officers, and prosecutors gathered at NHP headquarters to kickoff a massive impaired driving awareness and enforcement campaign.

Five hundred lives are lost every Labor Day on America's highways and roads. That's why hundreds of officers from Las Vegas police, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, NHP, and several other southern Nevada agencies will be joining forces to spot impaired drivers and get them off the streets before they kill or injure someone.

The Nevada Office of Traffic Safety says the Joining Forces campaign, which was launched in 2006, is the most successful traffic safety program in the history of the state.

"You want to know if this kind of enforcement really works on these holidays? In Clark County, we had seven fatalities over Labor Day weekend in 2006. But in 2007, 2008, 2009, we had zero each year," said John Johansen with the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety.

Of course, impaired driving is a year-round problem. Police say there have been about 6,000 DUI arrests in Metro's jurisdiction so far this year. But DUI-related fatal ties are down more than 60-percent for the year to date.

By law, officers must disclose the locations of sobriety checkpoints. They will be held on Saturday, September 4 from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at:

  • Charleston Blvd. and Atlantic St.
  • Charleston Blvd. and Jones Blvd.
  • Lake Mead Blvd. and Civic Center
  • St. Rose Parkway and Eastern Ave.

There are also going to be numerous saturation patrols around the valley and those locations do not have to be disclosed in advance.

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