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DUI-related crashes continue to plague Las Vegas roads

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Updated: 8/05/2013 10:23 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- An accused drunk driver causes a chain-reaction crash involving five vehicles, including a limousine carrying 10 people.

The crash is prompting local agencies to shine a light on drunken driving in the valley.

“Drunk drivers never take a day off they're out there 24-7,” said Sandy Heverly with Stop DUI, who is troubled by the number of DUI accidents still plaguing our streets.

The most recent happened Monday morning. The Nevada Highway Patrol tells News 3 a man stopped to change his truck's tire on the shoulder of the 95 South near Tropicana and was struck by a pickup.

Nevada Highway Patrol officials say the driver that hit the disabled vehicle may have been impaired when he crashed on U.S. 95 a little after 5 a.m. Monday.

The injured man was taken to University Medical Center for treatment.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. The victim's was car totaled and thrown to the other side of the road.

“We as victims can't do it alone. Law enforcement can't do it alone,” Heverly said. “That's why we call on our citizens to be additional eyes and ears and take that few minutes to call it in. You could be saving a life.”

Those words are echoed by Metro's Bill Cassell. Every DUI death is one too many, but Cassell says Las Vegas has seen some improvements within the year. Traffic fatalities are down and DUI fatalities are down compared with 2012. 

“We've also seen a decrease of DUI arrests if it's because individuals are not drinking and driving,” Cassell said. “It's too early to tell if it's because of that or because we have fewer officers that are doing proactive DUI enforcement.”

Still, Las Vegas is not immune to DUIs and on Saturday night, there was the five-car accident.

“One of the five was a 10-passener limousine,” Cassell said. “There was a rollover and the car was playing ping pong off other cars. We don't know at this point if alcohol was related but it's being investigated as a possible alcohol-related accident."

Metro says four people were hospitalized after the crash involving a limousine and a pickup truck on a Las Vegas street.

Lt. Noah Grimm says the crash occurred late Saturday night when the pickup crossed into the oncoming lane and collided with the limo.

He says that after the initial collision, at least one other vehicle struck the pickup.

Cassell says there were no-life threatening injuries in this case, but it could have been so much worse.

“Anytime you have an accident at Rainbow and Twain you have the potential for a tragedy,” Cassell said. “Luckily no one has died."

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