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Sheriff’s department to crack down on impaired drivers

The Nye County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with law enforcement agencies throughout the state to concentrate on impaired driving.

Over the next two weeks, beginning with the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, which is known for heavy alcohol consumption, Nye County residents can expect to see additional law enforcement presence.

If you choose to drink, law enforcement officials warn residents that they should not get behind the wheel or face the consequences.

“Don’t rely on the luck of the Irish,” the Nye County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “If you drive impaired, you will be arrested.”

The sheriff’s office will have additional personnel out on patrol and regular patrols will be taking additional measures to ensure that impaired drivers are caught in its effort to make Nye County roadways safer.

In efforts to achieve “Zero Fatalities” this St. Patrick’s Day, drivers and riders are encouraged to designate a sober driver before drinking, to use a taxi or call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation if impaired.

If you see someone you know getting ready to drive impaired, take the keys away from them before they put themselves and others on the road in danger and assist in making other arrangements for them.

Residents are also urged to take advantage of local sober ride programs and to call 911 if an impaired driver is spotted on the road.

If all else fails, call the sheriff’s office and they will give you a ride home, as the law enforcement agency’s message is clear: do not drive impaired.

Not only is it dangerous to drive under the influence, it can be a costly decision for those arrested for DUI. The average cost of a DUI is $10,000 after fines, legal fees and increased automobile insurance premiums are factored in.

For resources and laws about to impaired driving and riding please visit www.zerofatalitiesnv.com/dont-drive-impaired.

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