The Las Vegas police have released information about their St. Patrick’s Day DUI crackdown, efforts that they hoped kept many drunk drivers off the roads.
Officer Randal Stephenson of the police force stated that the traffic bureau checkpoint was set up to focus on identifying drug- and alcohol-impaired drivers of all ages. This was done in an effort to increase road safety and prevent potentially deadly collisions.
27 police officers screened more than 2,000 motorists during the St. Patrick’s Day checkpoint that had been set up on a busy thoroughfare just east of the Las Vegas Strip on Paradise Road north of Tropicana Avenue. The checkpoint was set up from 7 p.m. Tuesday to 3 a.m. Wednesday. Police stated that they arrested 30 individuals on driving under the influence charges. According to the department, 88 drivers were tested for DUI, with 58 being cleared.
Drinking and Driving Risks in Las Vegas
Aside from St. Patrick’s Day being a holiday known for drinking celebrations, Las Vegas itself is a “party city,” with a high DUI rate. Nevada, like many states, is known for tough DUI laws with harsh penalties if convicted. Even a first-time DUI offender can face jail time, high fines and loss of license. The penalties drastically increase as the number of DUIs or severity of the DUI increases. If someone is injured or killed by a drunk driver, the at-fault driver may face felony charges.
Despite the valiant efforts of police in Las Vegas, drinking and driving still occurs on a regular basis. Sadly, many of these drunk drivers are involved in accidents that leave innocent victims injured or even dead. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you have solid ground for filing a personal injury suit to seek compensation for your damages. Damages from a drunk driving accident can include:
- Medical expenses – When facing severe injury, on-going therapy and other treatment options, medical bills will quickly pile up. Because you were not responsible for the accident, you should not have to pay them.
- Lost Income – If you are injured and unable to work, it is likely you will lose income. Because the injury was not your fault, you should be compensated for your lost income.
- Pain and Suffering – Severe injuries often result in severe and on-going pain. While this is more difficult to quantify than medical bills or lost wages, you and your lawyer can estimate a price to compensate you for this unnecessary discomfort and disruption to your life.
To ensure that you have the best possible case for a positive outcome, it is crucial that you seek the help of a personal injury attorney. While criminal charges may punish drunk drivers, only a personal injury lawsuit can force them to pay for your damages.
The team at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas has extensive experience aiding the victims of drunk driving accidents. We understand how to gather evidence to show negligence as well as help you determine the ideal compensation amount. We will also help you negotiate a settlement or represent you in court if your case goes to trial. Give the team at Bernstein & Poisson a call today for more information.