It’s common knowledge that driving under the influence of alcohol is completely reckless and one of the most dangerous things a person can do. Sadly, drunk driving is a major problem that continues to plague Nevada. Law enforcement agencies across the state have stepped up efforts to prevent drunk driving accidents. During a recent weekend, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department initiated a law enforcement campaign known as a “DUI Blitz.”
The initiative was aimed at taking drunk drivers off the road. According to the LVMPD, more than 200 vehicle stops were made and 71 citations were issued during the DUI Blitz campaign. Officers said a total of 24 drivers were arrested for impaired driving, including one driver who had two children in the vehicle. Reportedly, the driver was arrested for drugs and alcohol as well as child endangerment because the children were not wearing seat belts.
The majority of deadly crashes that have happened this year in Nevada have been caused by speeding or impaired drivers, according to the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety. So far this year, there have been over 130 deadly crashes. In June alone, there were 26 fatal crashes, which is an increase of almost 40 percent from the same period last year.
Despite stringent laws, driving under the influence of alcohol still happens at an alarming rate. Impaired driving is responsible for thousands of deaths each year across the country. Families in Nevada who suffer the loss of loved ones due to negligence in drunk driving accidents have the right to pursue legal action. A successful wrongful death lawsuit can result in much-needed compensation and perhaps some sense of justice.