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SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT

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Date: August 15, 2012

National Park Service

U.S. Department of the Interior

LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA News Release

For Immediate Release: Aug 13, 2012

Release No.: 2012-29

Contact: Kevin Turner, (702) 293-8712

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT SCHEDULED FOR AUG. 18 AT LAKE MEAD

LAS VEGAS - Park rangers at Lake Mead will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Lakeshore Road in the area of Las Vegas Bay.

Each year park rangers arrest and average of 200 visitors park-wide for driving under the influence.

National Park Service rangers along with officers from the Hoover Dam Police and Boulder City Police, Las Vegas Metro Police and Nevada Highway Patrol will be on the lookout for impaired drivers.

"What's most disconcerting about the DUIs we see in the park is that more often than not the car is occupied by family and friends," said Chief Ranger Mary Hinson. "We do these checkpoints because impaired drivers are not only a danger to themselves, they're a danger to everyone on the road."

It's a federal crime to operate a vehicle or boat under the influence in a national park. Penalties include fines up to $5000, maximum 6 months in jail, and up to five year's probation.

Media outlets interested in covering the checkpoint should contact Kevin Turner at (702) 293-8712 or e-mail us.

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