Friday, June 28, 2013 | 12:32 p.m.
The Nevada Highway Patrol is joining Metro Police and other law enforcement agencies throughout Nevada to crack down on drunk driving around the Fourth of July holiday.
The addition of troopers is expected to double or triple the normal law enforcement presence in the Las Vegas Valley beginning Friday and ending July 12, Trooper Loy Hixson said. Police and NHP troopers will be conducting sobriety checkpoints throughout the valley to help prevent accidents caused by drunk or impaired drivers.
Last year, the program resulted in nearly 1,800 stops and 132 DUI arrests statewide, Hixson said. The program is designed to support the state’s “Zero Fatalities” goal on the roads.
Nevada Joining Forces is a multijurisdictional law enforcement program that works to keep roads safer by cracking down on DUIs, seat belt use and reckless driving. The program is funded by grants from the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety.