Forty percent of Memorial Day weekend traffic fatalities are alcohol-related, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. With that in mind, Las Vegas Metro police announced that they will set up a sobriety checkpoint later today, May 23, where Las Vegas Boulevard South intersects near Blue Diamond Road. It is part of a larger effort to keep drug- and alcohol-impaired drivers off the road over the long holiday weekend.
The checkpoint area, slated for patrol between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m., is usually the site of high traffic, especially marked by impaired drivers and accidents on holidays. This was also the site of a recent fatal accident.
According to Fox 5 Las Vegas, Metro police called the sobriety checkpoint a focal point to identify impaired drivers, notably juveniles and both young and older adults. The checkpoint stops will be made with full adherence of a driver’s rights according to the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures.
Nevada allows the establishment of sobriety checkpoints under carefully guarded rules. For instance, drivers must be given warning of an approaching checkpoint by an illuminated sign with flares or lights. Flashing red lights that are visible within 100 yards must be posted on the side of the road. The roadblock itself must be visible at a distance not less than 100 yards. If these strict rules are not followed, any arrests as a result could be thrown out of court.
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