Thousands are arrested on drunken driving charges every year. Now, more than ever, penalties for drunk driving are increasing in severity, especially penalties for repeat offenders. According to the Nevada Department of Public Safety, increased police patrols were in effect during this past Labor Day weekend, in an effort to prevent drunk driving accidents.
Almost a third of all 2013 fatal crashes in Nevada involved an impaired driver, according to officials. Last year, 131 motorists and 57 motorcyclists were killed on Nevada roads. The increased patrols were looking for impaired drivers through September 7th. According to the AAA weather forecast, the traffic was up compared to last year.
Drunk driving can have devastating consequences as previously discussed. When a person drives under the influence of alcohol it puts themselves and everyone on the road at risk. There are also several penalties imposed on drunk drivers if discovered. Penalties range from fines and license suspensions to jail time. Under Nevada state law, impaired driving penalties are directly related to the severity of the offense or if the offender is a repeat offender.
For Nevada residents who may have witnessed more patrols on the road during the holiday weekend, it was for preventative measures. The added patrols were on the lookout for drunk drivers, with the goal of keeping everyone on the road safe. It is always best to avoid getting behind the wheel after ingesting alcohol, but for those who have been injured due to a drunk driver, compensation may be available by filing a personal injury suit.
Source: Las Vegas Sun, “Police stepping up patrols for drunken drivers,” Katie Visconti, Aug. 25, 2014