NTSB Pushes for Tougher DUI Standards Everywhere, Including Nevada

Las Vegas Blood Alcohol LevelThe National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recommended that every state including Nevada impose stricter blood-alcohol content (BAC) standards for drivers. Specifically, they prescribe that the minimum illegal threshold be lowered from .08 to .05. They believe enforcing tougher DUI rules will result in fewer DUI-related deaths.

Current Nevada DUI laws make it a crime to drive while impaired by alcohol or with a BAC of .08 or above. Therefore it's automatically illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or above even if the driver has a high alcohol resistance and operates the car safely. It's also a form of DUI to drive while impaired by drugs or with illegal amounts of drugs in the driver's blood.

Penalties for violating Nevada DUI laws depend on the driver's DUI history and the severity of the incident. For example a first-time DUI with no substantial injury is a misdemeanor, and the judge usually imposes only a suspended jail sentence. But a first-time DUI that causes substantial injury or death is a felony that usually carries mandatory incarceration. Meanwhile, a third-time DUI in seven years with no injury is also a felony that usually carries incarceration.

For more on this story, read: http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/14/us/ntsb-blood-alcohol/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

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