HENDERSON -- Henderson police arrested four drivers on DUI charges at the posted sobriety checkpoint Friday night and early Saturday.
Police have been warning drivers that officers would be out in force Friday night and early Saturday using checkpoints to catch drunken drivers. The vast majority of drivers listened as more than 5,500 drivers who went through the Henderson sobriety checkpoint were not impaired.
The sobriety checkpoint was operated from 7 p.m. Friday until about 2 a.m. Saturday on St. Rose Parkway near Eastern Avenue. A total of 2,616 vehicles went through the eastbound lanes of the checkpoint and 3,074 vehicles went westbound through the checkpoint.
In addition to the four DUI arrests at the checkpoint, officers made five arrests of motorists and passengers on drug-related charges.
While some people may think of New Year’s as the most dangerous time to be on the roadway, the Labor Day holiday weekend had far more fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2011 data. There were 373 deaths in traffic accidents nationwide in 2011 over the Labor Day holiday (three-day weekend), and New Year’s Day (three-day period) had 308 traffic-related deaths nationwide in 2011.
In Henderson, the holiday weekend got off to a deadly start with a fatal one-vehicle crash Saturday about 2:20 a.m. on Pebble Road at Carnegie Street. Alcohol and speed are suspected factors in the crash. (A previous press release was put out with details of the crash.)
In 2012, 259 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes on Nevada roadways. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 66 of those deaths, according to the Nevada Department of Public Safety – Office of Traffic Safety. So far this year, 169 people have died on the state’s roadways with alcohol being a factor in 36 of those deaths. There have been four traffic-related fatalities in Henderson this year.
-- news release