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New Nevada law may help reduce drunk driver accidents

Unfortunately, driving under the influence of alcohol is a problem that continues to plague the state of Nevada. Statistics say that almost 30 people die every day in the United States at the hands of a drunk driver, or about one person every 48 minutes. Although significant progress has been made to combat this problem, drunk driver accidents still happen at an alarming rate.

In Nevada, almost half of all deadly crashes are the result of an impaired driver. To keep motorists safe, lawmakers in Nevada have proposed a bill that would make for harsher penalties for drunk drivers. Under the new bill, jail time for a first-time DUI offender would be bumped from two days to 30 days. Jail time for a second offense would increase from 10 days to six months.

Fines would also increase. In the new bill, police officers will have more time to get a blood test or Breathalyzer from a suspect, and second offense charges will be upgraded to gross misdemeanors. Supporters of the new legislature say this is a step in the right direction for the state.

Lawmakers and police forces in Nevada are more committed than ever when it comes to eliminating drunk driving. Driving under the influence of alcohol is one of the most dangerous things motorists can do. Nevada families who have suffered loss in drunk driver accidents could greatly benefit from discussions with a knowledgeable and experienced legal representative. A lawsuit, if successful, could result in deserved compensation to help families recover any monetary losses.

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