Each year, Lake Mead-area park rangers arrest an average of 200 visitors for driving under the influence.
With that in mind, rangers want visitors to know they will be setting up a sobriety checkpoint on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Lakeshore Road near Las Vegas Bay.
National Park Service rangers along with officers from Hoover Dam Police, Boulder City, Las Vegas Metro and Nevada Highway Patrol will be looking for impaired drivers.
"What's most disconcerting about the DUIs we see in the park is that more often than not the car is occupied by family and friends," said Chief Ranger Mary Hinson. "We do these checkpoints because impaired drivers are not only a danger to themselves, they're a danger to everyone on the road."
It is a federal crime to operate a vehicle or boat under the influence in a national park. Penalties include fines up to $5,000, a maximum of six months in jail and up to five years of probation.
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