Las Vegas Police Arrest Many Motorists for DUI and Illegal Driving Over Weekend

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In a significant enforcement effort, Las Vegas police officers arrested two dozen motorists for driving under the influence (DUI) during a weekend blitz. The operation, which took place on Saturday, resulted in 22 individuals being charged with DUI, including one driver who had a blood alcohol level of .202%, more than twice the legal limit.

Details of the DUI Blitz

The DUI blitz was conducted by officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s (LVMPD) Northeast Area Command, Southeast Area Command, and Traffic Bureau. The initiative aimed to crack down on intoxicated driving, which has been a persistent issue in the area. During the blitz, police officers made numerous traffic stops, leading to a total of 84 DUI arrests since the operation began on May 18.

At a BAC level of .202%, motorists experience severe impairments, including confusion, disorientation, inability to stand or walk properly, nausea, vomiting, possible blackouts, and passing out. In Nevada, it is illegal for adults to drive with a BAC of 0.08% or higher. First-time DUI offenders in Nevada may face months in jail or substantial fines if convicted.

Additional Arrests and Citations

Beyond DUI arrests, the LVMPD issued 81 citations for various traffic violations and arrested five additional motorists for other offenses. The blitz also led to the seizure of illegal items, including seven guns, and numerous other illegal substances.

The LVMPD DUI Strike Team, consisting of 10 officers, has been instrumental in removing impaired drivers from the roads. “Since the team was restarted on May 18, check out some of the items they have taken off the streets and impaired drivers off the roads,” the LVMPD said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

Background and Motivation

The DUI Blitz initiative was launched in response to several DUI-related collisions and fatal crashes due to excessive speed and intoxicated driving in 2023. Many of the intoxicated drivers had been drinking at casino bars, police noted. The initiative aims to reduce these incidents and improve road safety in Las Vegas.

From May 18 to June 11, under this enforcement operation, the LVMPD made 84 DUI arrests, issued 827 citations, and made 20 other arrests, highlighting the scale of the problem and the effectiveness of the initiative.

Recent Sentencing in a Deadly DUI Case

In related news, Jemarcus Williams, 46, was sentenced last week to between 16 and 40 years in prison for a deadly DUI crash that killed two Nevada state troopers. The incident occurred on November 30 on I-15 at the D Street offramp, resulting in the deaths of State Trooper Alberto Felix and State Police Sergeant Michael Abbate. Williams pleaded guilty in April to two counts of DUI resulting in death and will be eligible for parole after serving 16 years.


The recent DUI blitz in Las Vegas underscores the ongoing efforts of local law enforcement to tackle the issue of intoxicated driving. With significant arrests and citations issued, the LVMPD aims to enhance road safety and reduce DUI-related incidents. As these efforts continue, the hope is to see a substantial decrease in the number of impaired drivers and related accidents on the roads of Las Vegas.