New Joining Forces event targets impaired drivers

Courtesy Nevada Highway Patrol

Fatalities due to impaired driving and riding continue to be a top traffic issue on Nevada’s roadways and with overall fatalities at an increase in comparison to this time last year,  the Nevada Highway Patrol is working in conjunction with agencies aligned with Joining Forces to boost enforcement efforts.

Impaired driving fatalities have consistently been the most common cause of motor vehicle accidents resulting in injuries and death in Nevada. What seems like a small buzz can have deadly consequences when taking to the roadways. Illegal drugs, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and lack of sleep can also impair your ability to drive safely. Law enforcement want to remind motorists to always drive and ride sober or use a designated driver to reach your destinations safely.

In efforts to achieve the “Zero Fatalities” goal this holiday, drivers and riders are encouraged to know the law for blood alcohol levels and to abide by the following guidelines:

  • Designate a sober driver before drinking;
  • Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation if impaired;
  • Take advantage of local sober ride programs;
  • Call 911 if a drunk driver is spotted on the road;
  • Take the keys or assist in making other arrangements for someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired.

For resources and laws pertaining to impaired driving and riding, please visit


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