Starting today through February 15th, the Nevada Highway Patrol it is doubling the number of troopers patrolling roads in the Las Vegas Valley. The increased police presence coincides with Super Bowl Weekend. “This is fair warning,” NHP spokesman Jason Buratczuk said. “Make the right decision, drive sober or be prepared to face the consequences.”
"Know your rights when you see a DUI checkpoint," Las Vegas criminal defense attorney Michael Becker said, "If you are driving and see warning signs of an upcoming DUI checkpoint, you can take any legal detour to avoid going through it. But once you arrive at a checkpoint, you must answer the cops' questions and comply with their requests before driving away."
Traveling through a Nevada DUI checkpoint without stopping or disobeying the police's orders is a gross misdemeanor carrying:
- up to 364 days in jail, and/or
- up to $2,000 in fines
For more on this story, read the Las Vegas Review-Journal article.