Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, which runs from August 17, 2022 to September 5, 2022, is a campaign aimed at educating people about the dangers and consequences of driving drunk. If you have noticed an increase in law enforcement presence on the road, it is most likely related to the annual high-visibility enforcement campaign. Below we will discuss Nevada drunk driving laws and the dangers of drunk driving. We will also provide tips to prevent drunk driving.
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Nevada’s Impaired Driving Laws
While the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign focuses on alcohol, in Nevada impaired driving can mean many things. A driver can be impaired by alcohol, prohibited substances, and even medication. In Nevada, driving “under the influence” is defined in Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 484C.105 as:
- Impaired to a degree that renders a person incapable of safely driving or exercising actual physical control of a vehicle.
In Nevada, it is unlawful to drive with a concentration of alcohol of .08 or more in your blood or breath. The limit is .04 in commercial driving. Drivers under 21 years of age are held to an even stricter standard. Nevada Revised Statute 483.462 makes it illegal for drivers under 21 years of age to drive with a BAC of .02 or higher.
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How Alcohol Impacts Driving
A person’s alcohol level is measured by the weight of the alcohol in a certain volume of blood. This is called blood alcohol concentration or BAC. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a chart detailing blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) and predictable effects on driving. Information from the chart on how alcohol impacts driving is provided below:
- BAC .02 Decline in visual functions, decline in ability to perform two tasks at the same time
- BAC .05 Reduced coordination, reduced ability to track moving objects, difficulty steering, reduced response to emergency driving situations
- BAC .08 Reduced concentration, short-term memory loss, lack of speed control, reduced information processing capability, impaired perception
- BAC .10 Reduced ability to maintain lane position and brake appropriately
- BAC .15 Substantial impairment in vehicle control, attention to driving task, and in necessary visual and auditory information processing
The Dangers of Drunk Driving by the Numbers
Drunk driving impacts everyone on the road, not just the drunk driver. The following numbers were provided as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign:
- One person is killed about every 45 minutes in a drunk-driving crash. This amounts to over 11,000 lives lost each year.
- During the 2020 Labor Day holiday weekend, there were 530 traffic crash deaths. Forty-six percent involved drivers who had been drinking. Thirty-eight percent involved a drunk driver.
- In 2020, the number of people who died in drunk-driving crashes increased by 14 percent from 2019. In 2020, 11,654 people died in drunk-driving crashes.
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Tips to Prevent Drunk Driving
Drunk driving is preventable. To help ensure everyone makes it home safely, use the following tips to prevent drunk driving:
- Offer to be a designated driver. This means that you stay sober and provide a safe ride for others.
- Discuss the risks of drunk driving with friends before you drink. Talk about what to do if someone tries to drive drunk.
- Arrange for a ride to and from events where there is alcohol.
- If you drink, do not drive. In Las Vegas, there are a number of options to get home safe. You can call a taxi, a ride-sharing service, or a sober friend.
- If you are at a safe location, stay there for the night.
- If you think another driver is impaired, call the police.
If you have been in an accident with a drunk driver, contact the police and get medical help immediately. Let the police know that you suspect the other driver is drunk. The police report and any test results can be important evidence in supporting your case.
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