Dancing Drunk Driver Charged With DUI In Nevada

DUI in NevadaIn the moments before you’re arrested for DUI in Nevada, there are a few things that might go through your head. You could wonder just how much trouble you’re in, what a DUI in Nevada will cost you, or whether or not you’re about to go for jail. What you probably shouldn’t worry about is whether or not it’s appropriate, given the circumstances, to dance on the rooftop of your SUV.

Despite the fact that the situation did warrant doing a little jig, one Nevada driver did just that. She was reported for driving the wrong way down a road, and she pulled off the highway and parked her SUV. When police arrived, they said she was dancing on top of the SUV. That’s unusual on its own, but when she decided it was time to get away she pulled out a child’s scooter and tried to hit the road.

She didn’t get far. Police prevented her from escaping in her get away vehicle, and although she resisted arrest, they arrested her and charged her for multiple offenses.

This case is a good example of what not to do when arrested for DUI in Nevada. Here’s some advice on what you should do.

If you’re asked to submit to a breathalyzer, do so

Nevada is an implied consent state. That means, by accepting a driver’s license in the state, you agree that you’ll cooperate with a police officer if he or she suspects you of driving drunk. If you refuse the breathalyzer, the officer will have reason to believe you are driving under the influence. At that point they can suspend your driver’s license for 90 days and arrest you for DUI.

If you are convicted of a Nevada DUI, you should opt for the interlock

If your blood alcohol content (BAC) was .18 or greater at the time of arrest and you’re convicted of a DUI in Nevada, you’ll be required to install an ignition interlock device for 12 months. If you had a lower BAC, your license will be suspended for 90 days and you may be required by the judge to install an ignition interlock.

Every drunk driving offender in Nevada, even if it’s not required, should install an interlock as soon as possible. An ignition interlock is the quickest way for a convicted drunk driver to get back on the road. Thanks to the passing of a new all offender ignition interlock law, these devices will be a requirement for all first offenders beginning in October 2018.

The next time you’re tempted to drink and drive in Nevada, keep in mind what you should and shouldn’t do after you’re stopped. It just might save you a lot of hassle in the long run.

Could Ignition Interlock Laws Sweep The Country This Year?

ignition interlock lawsIgnition interlock laws have officially begun to take over the nation, and although there have been a few bumps in the road for some states, 2017 could be the year that the majority of states make the decision to require all drunk driving offenders to use the device.

Here are a few updates in the world of ignition interlock laws.

Oklahoma

It won’t be effective until November 1st, 2017, but Oklahoma State Bill 643 has crossed the desk of the Governor and received the signature required to make it law. There are a few things that this new law will put into place in Oklahoma. To start, Oklahoma will now require ignition interlocks for every offender including first times offenders who are arrested with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or over.

The new law will also create an Impaired Driver Accountability Program (IDAP), and that program will assist any first-time offender with rehabilitation while they are using their ignition interlock.

Nevada

Ignition interlock laws are scheduled to change in Nevada thanks to a new bill that’s just been signed. Senate Bill 259 was signed into law by the Governor and will be in effect as of October 1st, 2018.

The new law changes the current ignition interlock law to require anyone arrested for drunk driving to use an interlock for a 90-day period. Once that person is convicted, he or she will be required to use the interlock for at least six months. This is a big switch from the current laws that only require ignition interlocks for first offenders who are arrested with a BAC over .018, although a judge is able to ask a first offender to use an interlock for three to six months if they deem it necessary.

The summer is still young, and these are just two ignition interlock laws that have been signed into law over the past month. Could there be more before the summer is out?

Nevada All Offender Ignition Interlock Law On The Way

all offender ignition interlock lawNevada might be a well-known place to kick back, drink, and have fun, but it also now has the distinction of being the thirtieth state to pass an all offender ignition interlock law. Given the amount of crashes happening in and around Las Vegas, it looks like a timely moment to pass such a law too.

Senate Bill 259 was recently signed by Governor Brian Sandoval, and that bill requires anyone who is arrested with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over .08 to use an ignition interlock device for 90 days after a DUI arrest. Once that person is convicted of DUI, he or she will be required to use the ignition interlock for at least six months.

When this change comes it will be a big switch from the current DUI laws. Right now if a first offender is arrested for drunk driving in Nevada, he or she needs to have a BAC of 0.18, over double the legal limit, for a judge to require an ignition interlock for a period of 1 year. They also may order the interlock for any first offender with a lower BAC for three to six months, but that’s strictly at the judge’s discretion.

The new all offender ignition interlock law in Nevada is coming in at a time when crashes seem to be escalating in the state. Two teenagers were just killed when a drunk driver collided with their vehicle and they were both ejected. He’s been charged with two counts of DUI resulting in death. Another crash near Carson City happened because a drunk driver crossed a double line on a highway and hit another vehicle head on. She’s also been charged with DUI.

Thankfully the new Nevada all offender ignition interlock law will take effect on October 1st, 2018, and to stop first time drunk drivers from becoming repeat offenders, it can’t come a moment too soon.

Nevada Senate Approves All-Offender Ignition Interlock Bill

all offender ignition interlock law nevadaThe state of Nevada is one step closer to passing an all-offender ignition interlock law, and if it does, it will join in with the growing majority of states who have already passed this lifesaving law.

Senate Bill 259 would require all offenders to install an ignition interlock for a period of at least six months. This new law would also includes first time offenders, and by all accounts it’s a bill that’s on fire right now because it recently passed the Nevada Senate with a vote of 21-0 and is now on the way to the State Assembly.

If an all-offender ignition interlock law is passed in Nevada, it would drastically change the landscape for all drunk drivers in the state. Right now if a person is arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Nevada is only required to install the device upon a judge’s order, and that order usually only comes down if he or she is arrested with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above .15 or if that person is a repeat DUI offender.

Although deaths due to drunk driving have been going down in the state, this is a bill that’s been wanted by Nevada’s Mothers Against Drunk Driving for a long time. The organization has shared stats that show that the average drunk driver will drive drunk at least seventy five times before he or she is finally arrested, and at least fifty percent of drunk drivers will continue to drive on a suspended driver’s license.

If Nevada truly wants to continue a downward trend of drunk driving crashes, having an all-offender ignition interlock bill would be the best place to start. The device is a guarantee that a drunk driver cannot start the vehicle if he or she has been drinking alcohol, and that will keep all roads in Nevada safer for all drivers.

Want To Avoid A BUI? Don’t Drink And Boat

dont-drink-boat-buiBoating under the influence (BUI) isn’t a widely used term for most drivers, but it’s a frequently used term in the summer for the Coast Guard. Because every single year thousands of people are stopped for drinking and driving in their boats, it appears that people don’t seem to get that when you drive a watercraft after drinking, you can and will be charged with BUI.

To be charged with BUI, you must be operating a boat and have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over .08. The Coast Guard regularly patrols lakes and ocean front in the United States searching for people who get behind the wheel of their boats after drinking, and it’s estimated that nearly ¼ of all boating deaths in 2014 were due to alcohol consumption.

Some states are really cracking down on people who boat under the influence. Take Nevada for example—they’ve recently kicked off an enforcement campaign called Operation Dry Water, and they’re dedicated to stopping people from boating under the influence. If you’re a first offender in Nevada and you’re stopped for BUI with no injuries involved, you could receive 6 months in jail or $1,000 fine. If there was an injury resulting from a BUI, you could be charged with a felony, may pay up to $5,000 in fines, and you could receive up to 15 years in prison.

You can stay safe during the busy summer season on the water by following a few boating safety tips:

  • Never get behind the wheel of a boat after drinking alcohol
  • Mixed with sunshine and heat, even one drink can have the power to intoxicate you more so than you would be on land, so don’t think one drink is OK
  • Bring along snacks and other beverages to stay hydrated
  • Tell everyone you know about BUI and share the message that water and alcohol don’t mix

It’s great to have some summer fun out on the water, but that summer fun can turn deadly if you drink and boat. All you have to do to avoid a BUI charge this summer is to leave the alcohol at home.

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