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Metro announces DUI checkpoints for Super Bowl weekend

The Metropolitan Police Department, along with officers from other area commands, will conduct “sobriety saturation” and “sobriety checkpoint” events this Super Bowl weekend.

These events are funded by grants from the Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws program and focus on “both drug and alcohol impaired drivers in the hope of reducing the impact of impaired drivers and impaired-related crashes,” Metro said in a release.

Metro will be raising awareness about impaired driving by saturating the area of the Town Square Shopping Center with increased police presence Saturday from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., the release said.

Las Vegas police, Nevada Highway Patrol, Lincoln County, Nye County, Mesquite and Henderson police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint at which traffic is obstructed and all drivers are checked for sobriety on Super Bowl Sunday.

The event will take place between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m. on a major Las Vegas Valley roadway that has consistently shown to be a high-traffic area for accidents and impaired driving, police said.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration research shows more than 10,000 people died in impaired driving related crashes in 2012. That’s one every 51 minutes, the release said. These crashes cost an estimated $37 billion annually.

This event symbolizes Metro’s commitment toward reducing DUI incidents and decreasing alcohol-related traffic collisions and deaths.

Contact Lawren Linehan at llinehan@reviewjournal.com or at 702-383-0381. Find her on Twitter: @lawrenlinehan

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