LAS VEGAS - A viewer asks why police
announce the locations of DUI checkpoints during holiday weekends, when they
can seemingly catch more drunk drivers by leaving the checkpoints unannounced.
Police kicked off Labor
Day weekend Friday with three checkpoints. Many people wonder why police tell the
public where the checkpoints will be located.
According to Nevada
Highway Patrol officials, Nevada
law requires police to inform the public within 24 hours of the general
locations of DUI checkpoints.
informing the public of checkpoints or increased patrols, lawmakers and police say
they hope people will think twice before drinking and driving. Authorities say
they are trying to encourage people to call a cab or use a designated driver if
Police say an increased
police presence is a significant deterrence for drunk drivers. NHP
representatives say a successful DUI checkpoint equates to fewer drivers
arrested, not more. By getting the word out, police are able to warn and
educate the public about the dangers of drinking and driving.