SPARKS — The Sparks Police Department is joining with other local agencies in an aggressive DUI enforcement campaign over the Saint Patrick’s Day holiday. Local agencies are adding officers to the streets to conduct DUI saturation patrols to find and arrest any impaired drivers before they are involved in a traffic collision. The additional officers were funded by grants that were provided to the agencies by the Department of Public Safety and the Office of Traffic Safety.
Impaired driving is one of America’s most often committed and deadliest crimes. In 2009, 68 people were killed in Nevada traffic crashes that involved at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. In the city of Sparks, police have reported five fatal traffic crashes in 2011, four of which involved alcohol.