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April 20, 2019

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Las Vegas-area authorities kick off campaigns to catch DUI suspects

DUI Ricardo story

Ricardo Torres-Cortez

Metro Police Officer Andrea Simon on patrol on Las Vegas Valley roads during her Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, graveyard shift.

In their continuing effort to reduce roadway deaths, Southern Nevada law enforcement agencies are beefing up patrols to catch suspected impaired motorists.

Beginning today until Nov. 4 — to coincide with Nevada Day weekend — the Joining Forces contingency will mean there will be additional troopers patrolling highways and officers out on valley roads, according to officials.

Hundreds of events scheduled to commemorate the Halloween stretch will draw an increase of children out and about, the Highway Patrol said.

“Be responsible — if you drive impaired you will be going to a very scary place: jail,” spokesman Trooper Jason Buratczuk said. “You can bet while hundreds of thousands of our children will be out and about trick or treating, law enforcement will be around every corner looking for impaired drivers.”

The Nevada Highway Patrol, North Las Vegas Police, Henderson officers and seemingly Metro Police personnel will participate.

A similar campaign will kick off during the holiday season — Dec. 18 until New Year’s Day, officials said.