Henderson Police Target Impaired Drivers During Super Bowl Weekend
January 30, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE
PLEASE CONTACT KATHLEEN RICHARDS, (702) 267-2051
Henderson, Nev. – As sports fans throughout the community make plans to enjoy the Super Bowl on Sunday, Henderson Police want to remind everyone to make sure they have a designated driver who will remain sober and safely drive them home.
Henderson Police traffic officers will be Joining Forces with officers from neighboring jurisdictions over the weekend to conduct saturation patrols looking for impaired drivers. The combined enforcement effort will start Friday night and end Sunday night.
Henderson Police ask Super Bowl party hosts to make sure their guests have arranged for a ride home with a sober driver. Hosts should also determine before the game starts when they’ll stop serving alcoholic drinks, such as the end of the third quarter, which is when NFL stadiums halt beer sales.
Henderson Police made 7 arrests for impaired driving over Super Bowl weekend last year and responded to 20 calls about drunk drivers. Motorists who observe a suspected impaired driver should call 9-1-1, and provide a vehicle description, location and direction of travel, and if possible the license plate number.
In 2013, there were 267 people killed in motor vehicle crashes on Nevada roadways, with 8 of those deaths occurring in Henderson. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 63 of those deaths, according to the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety.
The Henderson Police Department received $188,000 in federal funding through the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety for the Joining Forces program. The grant provides funding for enforcement and education to reduce deaths and injuries on Nevada roadways. Enforcement efforts during the year will focus on pedestrian safety, seat belt use, speeding, distracted driving and impaired driving.
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