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STOP DUI honors top officers for their efforts

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STOP DUI honors top officers for their efforts

By Bryan Callahan. CREATED Apr 6, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- STOP DUI and several of the victims they've helped over the past 20 years awarded officers from each of the local police agencies with a special pair of handcuffs engraved with the name of a person killed by a DUI driver.

Many of the families told the officers about their loved ones who were killed by an impaired driver and thanked them for their efforts to prevent a similar tragedy from happening to another family.

STOP DUI's founder, Sandy Heverly, was among those presenting handcuffs in her mother's name. Her mother's death is what inspired Heverly to start the organization 20 years ago.

"When we first started 67 percent of all traffic fatalities were traffic related and today we hover between 30 and 32 percent. So we have made a tremendous difference in that regard," Heverly said.

Several of the officers said they will be putting the handcuffs into regular rotation when patrolling for DUI drivers.

Bryan Callahan

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Bryan Callahan joined the Action News team as a general assignment reporter in August of 2013.