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Extra law enforcement on the roads beginning Monday

Special to the Nevada Appeal
Carson City Sgt. Earl Mays

The Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety is urging Nevadans to be recharged and ready to start a fresh year rather than spending your holidays incarcerated after making potentially life-changing decisions to drive impaired.

More than 26 law enforcement agencies are Joining Forces between Dec. 18 and Jan. 2, targeting impaired drivers who not only pose threats to themselves, but innocent passengers and other road users.

Over the past five years, an average of 300 people died in drunk-driving crashes during the Christmas through New Year's holiday period. In December 2016 alone, 781 people lost their lives in drunk-driving crashes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

The Carson City Sheriff's Office is committed to enforce impaired driving laws. The Sheriff's Office will be putting extra deputies on the road in attempt to make the streets of Carson City a safer place for the citizens and guests to this city. We strongly urge you to drink responsibly and always have a designated driver. If you drink and drive, prepare to face the consequences.

Tips to keep the roads safe:

Consider a non-alcoholic party.

Designate sober drivers, not drivers who agree to drink less.

Hire licensed caterers trained to judge guests’ alcohol consumption.

Reserve a block of hotel rooms.

If you see a drunk driver, contact local police by calling 911.

If people you know are about to drive impaired, take their keys and help get them a ride with a sober driver.