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August 20, 2014

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LAW ENFORCEMENT:

Weekend DUI checkpoint planned for downtown Las Vegas

Metro Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night in an area of downtown Las Vegas noted for its high number of DUI-related incidents, authorities said this morning.

The checkpoint will operate from 7 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday. Police declined to release the downtown location of the checkpoint.

The event is partially funded by a Joining Forces Grant from the Nevada Department of Public Safety for the deployment of a DUI van.

Police said the checkpoint aims to find drug- and alcohol-impaired drivers before they cause an accident.

Seven percent of all traffic collisions involve alcohol, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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  1. If they do need to divulge, which I think they do, then what is the minimum advance notice that must be given?

  2. danm I guess I'll drink and drive somewhere else besides downtown sat night.

  3. Ok, everyone post it on fb that the check point is downtown saturday, uhhhh wait , most locals dont even hang around down town, unless you're looking for a hooker or drugs.

  4. I don't know about Nevada, but in California they only report there is going to be a checkpoint "somewhere in the (name of city) area".
    I personally like checkpoints. Since I don't drink, never a problem. Here in Calif. they also impound vehicles being driven by unlicensed drivers. They usually get 5-10 drunks and confiscate 50-100 cars of unlicensed drivers in a typical night.
    I've driven through checkpoints maybe a dozen times. Many times I get waived into the "pass through" lane and don't even have to stop. They must check for the "concerned" look on the faces of the violators to determine who gets the wave through.

  5. It's precisely because of such morons who seem to think that drinking and driving is a joke (see the above post by Steve Slade) that these checkpoints are needed.

    Bakersfield--I think impounding (and selling) the cars of unlicensed drivers who are caught driving should be mandatory.

  6. "Kenny Rogers" knows nothing at all about Downtown.

  7. "Mr Farrell, the guy who made that video was actually committing a crime by refusing to roll down his window and cooperate with police. At a checkpoint, it is a gross misdemeanor to refuse to stop/comply with police."

    Actually, no. Citizens are not compelled to comply without reasonable cause.