Local police looking for drunk drivers during holiday weekend
Las Vegas and Henderson police will be on the lookout for drunk drivers over the Labor Day weekend.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Labor Day weekend can be a dangerous time on the roads as people celebrate the end of summer.
Although most people believe that there are more drunk drivers on the road on New Year's Eve, there are actually more fatalities during the Labor Day holiday weekend according to data from the the National Traffic Safety Administration.
The Henderson Police Department has planned a sobriety checkpoint for 8 p.m. tonight until about 2 a.m. Saturday on St. Rose Parkway, west of Eastern Avenue.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department will also be looking for drunk drivers tonight on Blue Diamond Road.
There were 390 traffic-related deaths nationwide in 2010 over the three-day holiday. That number was second only to Thanksgiving (four-day period). New Year's Eve/Day (three days) had 286 deaths.
There was one fatal accident in Clark County during the Labor Day weekend in 2011 and a total of 6 statewide.
It is a requirement of Nevada law that the location of a DUI checkpoint be released prior to the date of the event.