SOUTHERN NEVADA’S DUI STRIKE TEAM MAKES 3,000th ARREST IN LESS THAN THREE YEARS
The arrest marks a monumental milestone for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Nevada Highway Patrol’s groundbreaking collaboration
On the morning of April 17, 2021 Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) and Nevada Highway Patrol’s (NHP) inaugural DUI Strike Team made its 3,000th DUI arrest. The milestone was made on Interstate 15 at Russell road for driving under the influence, and expired registration, marking the team’s 3,000th arrest in less than three years.
While the Strike Team’s sole purpose has remained detecting and arresting impaired drivers, its impact is felt beyond that including confiscating countless firearms, stolen vehicles and controlled substances; detaining several fugitives of the law and recording numerous child endangerment charges.
“When the DUI Strike Team came to fruition, we had one goal of eliminating impaired driving fatalities in Nevada,” said Office of Traffic Safety Public Information Officer, Andrew Bennett. “Almost three years later, the DUI Strike Team has been recognized nationally as a best practice in traffic safety. Its impact goes beyond DUIs and beyond the great state of Nevada. We look forward to continuing the fight to eliminate impaired fatalities in Nevada and reaching a goal of Zero Fatalities on our roadways.”
On October 24, 2018, LVMPD and NHP in collaboration with the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety formed the state’s first-ever DUI Strike Team with the sole mission of identifying drivers under the influence and eliminating DUI fatalities on Southern Nevada’s roadways. Since its debut, the Strike Team has grown to include ten full-time sworn officers, including six LVMPD officers and four NHP State Troopers, patrolling seven days a week throughout the Valley.
About Zero Fatalities
Commemorating 10 years proudly serving the state of Nevada in 2021, the Nevada Departments of Public Safety and Transportation Zero Fatalities program remains steadfast in its mission to eliminate roadway fatalities in Nevada. Some people may think zero is an impossible goal, but when it comes to your family and friends, what other number would be acceptable? We’re aiming for zero because everyone matters. The road to zero targets key behaviors like always driving sober, focusing on the road, watching out for each other, checking your speed, stopping on red, always buckling up and riding safe.