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Henderson Police Target Drunk Drivers Over Labor Day Weekend With Sobriety Checkpoint

August 28, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

PLEASE CONTACT KEITH PAUL, (702) 267-4510

Henderson, Nev. – As Labor Day approaches, many people gather to celebrate the end of summer with backyard barbecues and a few beers or cocktails, but Henderson Police want to remind drivers to keep the parties off the roadways. Henderson Police will have a sobriety checkpoint on Friday to help keep drunk drivers off our streets.

The Henderson Police Department’s Traffic Unit will be joined by other area law enforcement agencies operating the checkpoint on Friday from about 7 p.m. until about 3 a.m. Saturday on St. Rose Parkway west of Eastern Avenue.

While some people may think of New Year’s as the most dangerous time to be on the roadway, the Labor Day holiday weekend had far more fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2011 data.

There were 373 deaths in traffic accidents nationwide in 2011 over the Labor Day holiday (three-day weekend), and New Year’s Day (three-day period) had 308 traffic-related deaths nationwide in 2011.

In Clark County, there were two fatal accidents during the Labor Day weekend in 2012 and a total of four accident-related deaths statewide over the holiday weekend that year. Both fatal accidents in Clark County last Labor Day Weekend were alcohol related.

In 2012, 259 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes on Nevada roadways. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 66 of those deaths, according to the Nevada Department of Public Safety – Office of Traffic Safety. So far this year, 169 people have died on the state’s roadways with alcohol being a factor in 36 of those deaths. There have been three traffic-related fatalities in Henderson this year.

Henderson Police will be assisted by officers from Las Vegas Metropolitan Police and Nevada Highway Patrol.

It is a requirement of Nevada law that the location of a DUI checkpoint be released prior to the date of the event.

The Henderson Police Traffic Unit received funding from the Department of Public Safety - Office of Traffic Safety, as part of the Joining Forces Grant. The grant provides funding for enforcement and education to reduce deaths and injuries on Nevada roadways. The grant will assist in funding special enforcement details throughout the year targeting seat belt usage, DUIs, pedestrian safety and speeding violations.

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