This past Memorial Day weekend, in Las Vegas, Nevada, 58 people were arrested by Metro Police for driving under the influence. Thankfully, no alcohol-related crashes or deaths were reported and this is, in large part, due to the Metro Police’s efforts in cracking down on DUI incidents; which included extra patrolling and the implementation of five DUI checkpoints spread over the valley.
The Metro Police’s anti-DUI weekend was unparalleled. While they arrested 58 people for DUI, they also handed out 20 traffic citations. Barbara Morgan, Metro’s spokeswoman said, “I think it was a success because we got the word out…People are just more aware of what’s going on, and people realize it’s a serious offense.”
Approximately 15,000 cars were stopped at the various DUI checkpoints. Some 250 Metro officers were employed to various checkpoints. In addition to both officers and civilians, volunteering to prevent DUI deaths and accidents, every checkpoint had at least three Metro vans—each one housing sophisticated equipment and the technology to pick-up and recognize impaired drivers.
There’s no question, word spread of the planned checkpoints and intent to crackdown on impaired driving. Unfortunately, far too often, people celebrate and drink too much over the holiday weekends. July 4th and Memorial Day weekends usually see numerous fatal accidents and collisions.
The DUI events over the holiday weekend were funded by a grant from the Goshen Community Development Coalition, a grass roots movement dedicated to provide services to and strengthen communities and neighborhoods. If you or someone you know has been arrested for driving under the influence, the first thing you must do is contact an attorney.