ELKO -- Two drivers arrested over the weekend were traveling 100 mph or faster on Elko-area highways, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.
An NHP trooper stopped a vehicle on Interstate 80 near Elko area for allegedly traveling 109 mph in a 75 mph zone, and failing to maintain lane.
Further investigation indicated the driver was nearly three times over the legal limit of .08 blood-alcohol content, and had an open container of alcohol in the vehicle, according to the highway patrol.
A trooper stopped another vehicle Saturday on Lamoille Highway in Spring Creek traveling 100 mph in a 55 mph zone.
Further investigation indicated the driver’s license had been suspended.
“These violations are not acceptable,” said a release from Trooper Jim Stewart. “Driving at these speeds affects traffic safety on our highways. Speeding can result in crashes, and combining that with alcohol or drugs is a very bad decision.”
NHP’s goal is zero fatalities.
“We ask motorists to obey the speed limit for everyone’s safety,” Stewart said, “and please don’t drink and drive.”