Traffic crackdown: Nevada, law enforcement presence could triple

Over the next two weeks, Nye County residents can expect to see double or even triple the normal law enforcement presence, the sheriff’s office announced.

It has joined forces with law enforcement agencies across Nevada to crack down on impaired driving.

The effort spans from Feb. 1-15 and includes the upcoming Super Bowl weekend.

As part of the initiative, the sheriff’s office says it has an important message for the public. “If you’ll be drinking, designate a sober driver, and if you drive impaired, you will be arrested.”

Increasing law enforcement presence during these weeks supports the overall state goal of reaching zero fatalities.

Nye County residents can help reach that goal by following these safety guidelines, the sheriff’s office said:

■ 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.

The Joining Forces Program is paid for by Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety.

The Nevada Highway Patrol is part of the crackdown, too.

“The Nevada Highway Patrol will increase the number of Troopers on the road to target impaired drivers,” Trooper Jason Buratczuk said. “Residents can expect to see a heavy saturation of troopers during Super Bowl weekend. This is fair warning, make the right decision, drive sober or be prepared to face the consequences.”