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Police announce DUI checkpoints for holiday weekend

Metro Police announced today locations for two DUI checkpoints in Las Vegas over the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Police will operate the first checkpoint from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday on Charleston Boulevard at Community College Drive in the northwest valley.

Authorities chose that location based on prior incidents in the area: 67 alcohol- or drug-related incidents, 31 accidents and 14 DUI arrests between Jan. 1 and June 1 this year, police said.

Later this weekend, police will stage a second checkpoint from 7 p.m. Sunday to 3 a.m. Monday on Paradise Road, just north of Tropicana Avenue near the Las Vegas Strip.

"Previous checkpoints at this location have been extremely successful in prior years," police said in a statement.

Police plan to place special emphasis on finding drugged drivers at the Paradise Road checkpoint because Drug Recognition Expert Officers will be evaluating drivers, officials said.

The events include officers from Metro, the Nevada Highway Patrol, North Las Vegas Police Department, Henderson Police Department and the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

A Joining Forces grant from the Nevada Department of Public Safety-Office of Traffic Safety partially funds the events.

Police plan to discuss the checkpoint initiatives at press conference Thursday morning.

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