Police plan for DUI saturation patrols on New Year's Eve
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - It's arguably the best, and busiest, weekend in Las Vegas. But New Year's Eve also poses a lot of dangers on the road because of drunk drivers.
Metro says it's prepared to make the holiday as safe as possible. Police will be conducting DUI saturation patrols throughout the valley. Nearly every officer on staff will be working. The majority of them will be in the tourist corridor, near Las Vegas Boulevard.
"If you're driving impaired, look for the police behind you, because that's where we're going to be," says Captain Mark Tavarez. "It doesn't matter where you are in town."
Neighboring police agencies will also be out in full force, making sure every part of the valley is covered.
"Just don't do it, don't get behind the wheel," says Robyn Wynkoop, who knows first-hand, what tragic results driving under the influence can have.
This will be the 4th new year Robin celebrates without her mom, Patricia Hoff.
Hoff was waiting at a bus stop near Boulder Highway and Flamingo, when she was hit and killed by a driver who was high. Another woman, lost both legs in that accident. The driver, Steven Murray, is currently serving 18 years to life in prison.
"I only have two pictures of my mom in my house because it's easier not to be constantly reminded of what happened," she says. "It's too hard. But, I will make sure Steven Murray never forgets me, or forgets my mom."
Robin also wants to make sure her mother's death serves as a wake-up call to everyone who's thinking about getting behind the wheel.
"There's no gun to anyone's head saying you must drive," she says. "You can grab a cab, take a bus, or call someone. It's not worth killing somebody or taking your own life, for one party night."
The Designated Drivers Foundation is offering free rides, starting Thursday night through January 1st. Just call (702) 456-RIDE. You can also ride any city bus for free from 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve until 9 a.m. on New Year's Day.
Metro has made 8,000 DUI arrests so far this year. That's down 11 percent from last year, which police attribute to saturation patrols like the ones planned for this weekend.