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Henderson Police Crack Down on Drunk Drivers

June 27, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

PLEASE CONTACT KEITH PAUL, (702) 267-4510

Henderson, Nev. – Nearly 10,000 people died in crashes involving drunk drivers on our nation’s roadways in 2011. In an effort to prevent such tragedies, Henderson Police will be joined by other area law enforcement agencies for the holiday weekend to search out drunk drivers on the Valley’s roadways.

“Far too many people get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol and the results are far too often tragic,” Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers said. “If you choose to drive drunk, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.”

Henderson Police officers will use saturation patrols focusing on locating impaired drivers this weekend and also the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

In 2011, there were 9,878 drunken driving fatalities in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Last year, 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, there have been 124 people killed in motor vehicle accidents in the state with alcohol being a factor in 29 of those deaths.

Clark County has had 20 of the 29 alcohol-related traffic crash deaths so far this year with a total of 91 of the 124 traffic fatalities.

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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