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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.
Did You Know?
"The wilderness . . . that has come to us from the eternity of the past we have the boldness to project into the eternity of the future. It seems presumptuous for men and women . . . to dare to undertake a program for perpetuity, but that surely is our challenge." -- Howard Zahniser