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Law Enforcement Agencies to Crack Down on NYE Drunk Drivers

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LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police and North Las Vegas Police say every traffic officer will be watching for impaired drivers New Year's Eve. Nevada Highway Patrol says it will also increase enforcement.

"We don't want to see anybody get into a crash that could change their life forever," North Las Vegas Police Officer Chrissie Coon said. "In North Las Vegas, we are specifically going to have a saturation patrol out there looking for drivers who are impaired by both alcohol and/or drugs."

Police say prescription drugs and over-the-counter medication can affect drivers' alertness, and officers know the signs of impairment.

Metro Police say its officers will also patrol valley streets.

"We will be out there looking for you," Metro Police Sgt. Todd Raybuck said. "If history holds true, we will arrest at least sixty drivers over the New Year's Eve holiday."

Regular patrol officers won't be the only ones out on the roads. Police will have DUI checkpoints on the east and west sides of the valley.

At least 113 people have died in traffic related accidents in Metro's jurisdiction in 2013. Officers hope to have zero fatalities in 2014.

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