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Date: August 12, 2009
Contact: Andrew S. Muñoz, 702-293-8691


LAS VEGAS - The National Park Service will be conducting sobriety checkpoints in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area on the following dates and locations:

- Saturday, Aug. 15, Lakeshore Dr. near Las Vegas Bay from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

- Sunday, Aug. 23, Cottonwood Cove from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The checkpoint held on July 11 resulted in 5 arrests. In 2008, there were a total of 193 arrests for DUI in the recreation area.

It's a federal crime to operate a vehicle or boat under the influence in a National Park Service area. Penalties include fines up to $5000, maximum 6 months in jail, and up to five years probation.

Members of the media interested in covering the checkpoint should contact Andrew Muñoz at 702-293-8691.

- NPS -

Did You Know?

Hoover Dam In Take Towers

Lake Mead was named in honor of Dr. Elwood Mead. As Commissioner of Reclamation from 1924 - 1936, he drafted new specifications for a giant project that would dam the Colorado River and create the world's (at that time) largest artificial lake.