Beginning Thursday through March 20, Douglas County residents can expect to see double or even triple the normal law enforcement presence.
Sheriff Ron Pierini said Douglas County has joined forces with Lyon County and other law enforcement agencies statewide to crack down on impaired driving.
“If you’ll be drinking, designate a sober driver, and if you drive impaired, you will be arrested,” Pierini said.
“We have zero tolerance for impaired drivers who put themselves and everyone else on our roads at risk of serious injury or even death,” Pierini said.
Increasing law enforcement presence during the week supports Nevada’s goal of zero fatalities, he said.
Pierini said residents can help reach that goal by following these safety guidelines:
■ If you will be drinking, plan a safe and sober way to return to your home before going out;
■ If you’re impaired, call a taxi or sober friend, or use public transportation;
■ Contact local sheriff’s at 911 or DCSO at 782-5126 or *NHP from your mobile phone to report a drunk driver on the road;
■ If you see people about to drive impaired, take their keys and help get them a ride with a sober driver.
Nevada Joining Forces is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement program that promotes statewide enforcement of DUI, seat belt use, distracted driving, speed and pedestrian safety.
Last year, Nevada’s Joining Forces partners made nearly 1,800 stops statewide that resulted in 132 DUI arrests.
In 2012, 25.5 percent of the fatalities on Nevada’s roads were alcohol-related, Pierini said.
“Sobriety checkpoints will be conducted throughout the area. Checkpoints will focus on identifying impaired drivers before they are involved in a crash injuring or killing members of our community,” Pierini said.
According to the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration, a DUI costs an average of $10,000 including legal fees, loss of driver license, vehicle impoundment and higher insurance rates.
In tandem with the enforcement effort, traffic safety officials also launched an education campaign throughout the state reminding motorists of the importance of designating a sober driver. The TV and radio public service announcements, statistics and other information are available online at http://ZeroFatalitiesNV.com/sober.
Joining Forces is funded by grants through the Nevada Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety. Nevada’s Zero Fatalities program is a statewide effort addressing the top behaviors that are killing people on our roads. More information about this program is available at http://ZeroFatalitiesNV.com.