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Sobriety checkpoints being held as spring break gets underway

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Sobriety checkpoints being held as spring break gets underway

By Rikki Cheese. CREATED Mar 23, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas police were out in full force this weekend, at one of the Valley's most dangerous intersections to make sure spring break got off to a safe and sober start.

The crackdown took place Friday evening on Tropicana Avenue near UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center.

Police chose Tropicana, between Maryland Parkway and Swenson for a very specific reason: Spring break is becoming  a big draw for many people thanks to hotel deals, nightclubs and pool parties.

That's why officers at Friday's sobriety checkpoint were on high alert, looking out for visiting and local drivers who were impaired.

"What we're trying to target are our younger crowd, anywhere between 18 and 20," said Officer Richard Goslar with Metro Police.

The sobriety checkpoint was set up at 7 p.m. to target the young party crowd, and by 9 p.m. nearly two-dozen Metro officers had stopped about 900 cars.

"Everybody wants to party in Vegas. They come to drink, recreational drugs, but our biggest target of course are DUIs," said Officer Goslar.

By 9 p.m., officers had performed several field sobriety tests, but only two arrests had been made by that time.

The DUI checkpoint ran until 3 p.m.

There is a way to party over spring break, and get yourself and your car home safely. The Designated Driver Program costs $60-$70, depending on where you live.

But with first-time DUI charges, and fines that cost at least $13,000 on up, not to mention injuries or loss of life, it could be the best investment you'll ever make.

Rikki Cheese

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Rikki Cheese is currently an anchor and reporter for Action News.