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Las Vegas police schedule DUI checkpoints through holidays

In an attempt to further discourage impaired driving around the valley, traffic officers will set up DUI checkpoints and add patrol units beginning Wednesday until the end of the holidays, Las Vegas police announced on Tuesday.

Officers will focus on impaired drivers and are trying to avoid accident scenarios before they happen, police said.

Exact locations were not announced, but police said that the checkpoints and saturation patrols will be conducted in areas known for vehicle crashes. They will be in place from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., police said.

Alcohol contributed to 55 out of the 144 traffic fatalities in Clark County in 2013, according to data from the Nevada Department of Public Safety.

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