Clark County commissioners today recognized World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims and First Responders.
Commissioner Michael Naft was joined by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers and Nevada Highway Patrol officers in the recognition.
Nevada roads saw 331 deaths in 2018 with 226 lives lost in Clark County. 53 percent of fatalities in the state involved impairment. Impaired driving cost 175 lives.
"As we enter this holiday season, we pause to remember the family members who will not be at dinner tables and celebrations across Clark County this year," said Naft, "and we honor all EMS responders who work tirelessly to ensure there are fewer empty seats each year. I was honored to be joined by the members of our inaugural DUI strike team which is composed of three full-time NHP troopers and five Metro officers during key impaired driving hours. Through its efforts, DUI-related fatalities have declined in the Las Vegas Valley, furthering the goal of zero fatalities on Silver State roadways."
World Day of Remembrance was established in 1995 by the World Health Organization and the European Road Fatalities Network. The day is recognized across the globe on the third Sunday every November.
Metro and the NHP established an inaugural DUI strike team in October 2018, and it has made 1,000 arrests in less than a year. The strike team's efforts also have resulted in the confiscation of 28 guns, the recovery of six stolen vehicles, 52 charges for possession of a controlled substance, the arrest of seven fugitives and charges in 34 cases of child endangerment.