The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is joining with law enforcement agencies across the state for the next two weeks to crack down on impaired driving.
Sheriff Ron Pierini said that through July 12, motorists can expect to see double or triple the average law enforcement presence.
“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. Nevada’s goal is zero fatalities.”
The sheriff said Douglas County 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.
Pierini said 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.
“Sobriety checkpoints will be conducted throughout the area. These checkpoints will focus on identifying impaired drivers before they are involved in a crash injuring or killing members of our community,” he said.
According to the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration, a DUI costs a defendant an average of $10,000 including legal fees, loss of driver’s 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.