It was a busy New Year's Day for the Nevada Highway Patrol unit operating near the state line. As of the first of the year, that area will turn into a zero-tolerance zone.
"We want to adapt a different approach to law enforcement to see if we can combat the fatalities and the accident causing violations that occur in our state," said Trooper Jeremie Elliott with the Nevada Highway Patrol.
In the past five years, highway patrol officers have responded to 877 crashes in the Primm District, of which 45 involved alcohol and 23 were fatal.
The campaign will focus on a 26-mile portion of Interstate 15 beginning on the Nevada state line through St. Rose Parkway.
"This is a great day to start that because we have a large flow of traffic southbound back to California. Our troopers are out there enforcing the law, making sure the commute is as safe as possible," added Elliott.
On Tuesday morning, FOX5 was invited for a ride along with a patrol officer, but no major violations were spotted.
"It's not about how many tickets we can write but it's about reducing the accidents," said one highway patrol officer.
While drinking and driving and speeding is a problem on the roadways, talking on the phone while being behind the wheel continues to be a major problem.
"It's a problem that is going to continue until we change and make a fundamental change to our driving culture and everyone adapts the mentality that you need to put your cell phone down when you drive," Elliott said.
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