Mention the city Las Vegas and many people have the image of the glimmering
lights on high-rise luxurious hotels, located up and down Las Vegas Blvd.
The Strip attracts tourists to come and stay in hotels, gamble, enjoy
lavish nightclubs, and take advantage of alcoholic drink specials. On
the Strip, alcohol consumption laws are relatively lax in comparison to
other states. As an example: according to Nevada Statute,
NRS 458.260, public intoxication is legal and is not considered a criminal offense.
Here are some additional stipulations in the state's liquor laws:
- Alcohol may be sold 24 hours a day
- No statewide open container laws
- Grocery stores may sell beer, wine, and hard liquor
While many of these points may seem like a recipe for disaster, you may
be relieved to know that injuries and fatalities from
motor vehicle crashes are on the decline throughout the state. Strict DUI laws also help contribute to this and
heavily punish those convicted of drunk driving. You can further help
the effort by staying informed, which can help keep yourself safe from
the negative repercussions of drunk driving.
Weighing the Facts
In Nevada, drivers whose blood-alcohol content (BAC) measures .08% or higher
can be convicted of driving under the influence. Drunk drivers play a
role in more than 40% of accidents, and about 30% of those end in fatalities.
The state still carries one of the highest rates of DUI compared to other states.
Considering the heavy costs that drunk drivers could face, one might think
that it would deter people from getting behind the wheel. Unfortunately,
this happens much too frequently, accounting for why the percentage of
drunk driving accidents is so high.
How You Can Help Prevent an Accident
If you have been drinking,
make sure that you have a designated driver; otherwise find a taxi or other transportation service to take you home
safely. Don't let your friends get behind the wheel if you know they
have been drinking either.
Drunk drivers can be easily recognized and you may suspect a driver is
drunk if you see them zigzagging, taking up two different lanes, moving
too slowly, or speeding. After seeing these types of behaviors, you can
be better prepared to avoid them. Additionally, If you suspect a motorist
is drunk or impaired, you can report the driver to authorities.
These are just some of the steps you can take to not only avoid a car collision,
but also help others from getting into accidents with drunk drivers. If
you would like more information, do not hesitate to talk to our car accident
attorneys at Shook & Stone!
Contact us today to discuss your case.