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It’s that time again. The annual NFL Super Bowl kicks off this Sunday, and hundreds of thousands of valley residents will be tuning in to the big game. Many of these fans will spend the afternoon at a bar, casino, or private party – and there is a high probability that alcohol will be part of the celebrations.

With that in mind, law enforcement agencies in and around Las Vegas will be stepping up efforts to identify and arrest people who are driving under the influence. There will be numerous DUI saturation patrols across the valley that will be staffed by officers from Metro Police as well as the North Las Vegas, Henderson, and Boulder City police departments as well as the Nevada Highway Patrol. This initiative is being funded in part by a Nevada Office of Traffic Safety grant.

In addition, a DUI checkpoint will be operational west of I-15 between 4pm Sunday and 3am Monday. The sobriety checkpoint will be located near Decatur Boulevard and Flamingo Boulevard. Drug impairment recognition officers will be manning the checkpoint, and enforcement efforts will extend outward from that location northward to Desert Inn Road, eastward to Valley View Boulevard, southward to Tropicana Avenue,  and westward to Rainbow Boulevard.

Authorities are asking Super Bowl partygoers to monitor their alcohol intake and appoint a designated driver before traveling to their destinations. People who are hosting Super Bowl parties are being urged to cease serving alcohol after the third quarter of the game (much like sports stadiums do).

If you are victimized by a drunk driver and have suffered injuries as a result, do not hesitate to call a qualified DUI accident attorney to assist you in obtaining the compensation to which you are entitled.