Local law enforcement step up patrols looking for drunk drivers
With only twelve days left until the new year many people will be out and about celebrating the holidays. Sometimes those celebrations are with alcohol. That's why local law enforcement is warning: driver sober or get pulled over.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - With only twelve days left until the new year many people will be out and about celebrating the holidays. Sometimes those celebrations are with alcohol. That's why local law enforcement is warning: driver sober or get pulled over.
"At least 30 local families will be spending their holiday season this year without a loved one who was killed this year by a drunk driver," explained Officer Todd Raybuck from the Metro Police Traffic Bureau.
Officers from several Valley law enforcement agencies don't want another family to experience the same heartache. That's why they are joining forces putting an extra 60 officers on the streets looking for those who have had too much to drink.
"All it takes is two drinks. Two shots of their favorite alcohol, two beers to get to that level where it's buzzed driving," said Todd.
Police remind people buzzed driving is drunk driving.
"What we're hoping to achieve of course is a DUI fatality and injury free holiday season," explained Sandy Heverly from DUI.
"In just one incident we lost four of our neighbors to a drunk driving incident," said Officer Raybuck.
Three months after that crash, the memorial still remains at the bus stop on Spring Mountain near Decatur. Police say Gary Lee Hosey was drunk when his car crashed into the stop.
"Remember that the designated driver is the person who is the sober driver not the one who has the least amount to drink," said Sandy.
So as you celebrate with season with the family police say avoid becoming a statistic.
"The holiday season is supposed to be a time to gather in celebration not in remembrance," said Todd.