LAS VEGAS – Halloween is traditionally viewed as the start to the holiday season. Unfortunately, it began with a disturbing trend of nearly a dozen alcohol-related crashes on Las Vegas Valley roadways.
At noon Saturday, community members, law enforcement and traffic safety experts will conduct a news conference to urge residents to designate sober drivers during the upcoming holidays. Please join in this community effort during the opening ceremonies for the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety’s second annual Pull the Flag on Drunk Driving Downtown 360 flag football tournament.
The news conference and Pull the Flag on Drunk Driving events will be held at the Las Vegas Academy of Arts, 315 S. Seventh St.
Downtown Project covered gate fees for the entire community, allowing the public free entry to the downtown weekend event to raise awareness about the deadliest months for motorists. Saturday’s games will feature food, drinks, children’s play area and safety booths that will line the fields as more than a dozen teams go head-to-head to encourage motorists to be mindful of the dire consequences of impaired driving.
Preliminary statistics show that of the 227 fatalities on Nevada roads this year, 52 have been attributed to alcohol. Since Halloween, four motorists have died and a 6-year-old trick-or-treater was left in critical condition with massive head injuries after being struck by a hit-and-run driver. Of the 236 crashes reported on Nevada’s roads last year, 74 were alcohol-related (34 percent).
“November and December is by far the most dangerous time of year for all roadway users because of the number of parties and celebrations,” Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Loy Hixson said. “Thanksgiving weekend has traditionally been one of the deadlier holidays of the year. We want everyone to make it to dinner safely.”
– From news release