As the valley prepares for an action packed sports weekend, multiple law enforcement agencies were out in full force with their “DUI Strike Force.”
Since the valley already saw two drivers, who were believed to be impaired, crash into buildings just yesterday, people told 8 News NOW the extra enforcement gives them a sense of comfort.
“It’s surprising, but it’s Vegas,” driver Veronica Ramirez said about the two recent crashes. “It’s a busy town. “Oh my gosh you have to be vigilant, ‘don’t drink and drive’.”
“It’s sad to hear,” driver Julia Lopez added. “Because it takes nothing to call an Uber or a Lyft.”
The DUI Strike Team will step up Friday night through Sunday to catch anyone drunk or high behind the wheel.
“It’s important that folks understand whether they are visitors, tourists or locals,” Nevada Office of Traffic Safety Public Information Officer Andrew Bennett said. “You will not get away with driving drunk this weekend.”
Bennett said anyone they arrest can face a $15,000 fine or time behind bars, but most importantly, he wants to keep the community out of danger.
“Be a sober driver, be a good friend, whether you’re going to the hockey game, NASCAR, Runnin Rebels, whatever you’re doing,” Bennett added. “The designated driver isn’t the one who’s been drinking the least, it’s the one who hasn’t been drinking at all.”
Bennett adds that anyone ready to let loose and celebrate should leave the house with a plan and think before traveling tipsy. He says DUI Strike Force had already made two DUI arrests on Friday night.
“At minimum you’re looking at jail time,” Bennett said. “At the most you’re looking at seriously injuring yourself or killing someone.”
Bennett wants to remind the public they are looking for people driving drunk or high. They will bust anyone using marijuana or mind altering prescription drugs.