Metro gets grant funding for DUI enforcement

Grant to pay for additional officers, testing equipment

Mitch Kelly
November 20, 2020 - 6:20 am

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Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) - The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has received multiple grants from the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety to support the law enforcement’s efforts toward campaigns aimed at catching drivers who choose to drive impaired, and at stopping impaired citizens from driving during the coming year.

The LVMPD has received a $100,000 grant for DUI Mobile Processing, and a $150,000 grant to focus on DUI enforcement.

Impaired driving fatalities have consistently been the most common cause of motor vehicle collisions resulting in injuries and death in Nevada. Thanks to the grant award, through September 2021the LVMPD will be able to send additional uniformed officers with mobile evidentiary testing instruments as well as a phlebotomist, in vehicles capable of transporting prisoners out into the areas where police are patrolling for impaired drivers.

The goal is to efficiently collect and document evidence for successful prosecution for drivers who are arrested for driving impaired. By bringing the evidentiary test to the officer in the field, the time between when a suspect was driving, and the time the evidence is obtained is greatly reduced.

The grant funded officer can also transport offenders to a booking facility allowing the primary officers to return to their duties of protecting the community.