Nevada police step up DUI enforcement Saturday |

Nevada police step up DUI enforcement Saturday

Sun Staff Report

RENO, Nev. ” Troopers, deputies and other police officers from six northern Nevada law enforcement agencies will conduct a DUI checkpoint this Saturday evening, April 25.

According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, “in an attempt to heighten the awareness effort for this event, we are not disclosing the actual location in advance.” The checkpoint will be in operation for several hours, said NHP Trooper Chuck Allen.

This event is funded with grant money secured by the Department of Public Safety-Office of Traffic Safety “Joining Forces” program.

It will be staffed by personnel from Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department, Washoe and Carson City Sheriff’s Office, UNR Police Department and the Nevada Highway Patrol. It is one of several enforcement campaigns scheduled for 2009 facilitated and staffed with multiple agencies partnering up to keep our communities around the state safer.

“To completely avoid the potential for a DUI arrest, motorists should refrain from drinking any alcohol,” Allen said. “Some other safe alternatives would include designating a safe and sober driver, utilize public transportation, or simply stay home when you know alcohol will be involved.”

According to NHP, in 2008, 130 people were killed due to alcohol-related crashes on Nevada’s roadways. To date this year, there have been 18 alcohol-related deaths compared to 33 on this same time frame in 2008.

The 130 number is based upon the completed fatal accident crash reports for calendar year 2008 reported to the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety. This number could be slightly higher barring any crashes still being investigated for 2008.