According to statistics, over 90% of all Nevada drivers consider that driving under the influence of alcohol is extremely dangerous, and recognize the dangers of driving when drunk. The problem with this statistic is that it means that a whole lot of Nevada drivers must think that drunk driving is not dangerous. This could not be further from the truth, every year in the United States, one in three traffic deaths involve a drunk driver.
What are the dangers?
Newspaper and internet headlines commonly claim that the numbers are falling, although it is accurate that over the last few years the numbers have fallen, that is only compared to record highs. In the early 1980’s there was a decline in traffic deaths. In 1986, the numbers rose sharply.
The legal limit for driving with alcohol in your system is.08. It does not necessarily follow that if you body has less than this limit you are safe to drive. In the US, many states have successfully prosecuted drivers who were below the legal limit but still deemed to be unfit to drive.
Even in the late 70’s if the police stopped a driver who was drunk, they often did not have breathalyzers available. And would also take an attitude of the driver was ‘not too drunk’ and let them walk the rest of the way home. That attitude has disappeared completely; police now always seek convictions for drivers who are even a tiny fraction over the limit.
If you make a choice to drink and drive the law now has stiff penalties. Law enforcement has a strong will to make an example of, not just some, but all offenders. Driving above the limit carries a first offense penalty of 2 days to 6 months in jail. The fines can be up to $1000. Your drivers license will be suspended for 90 days. Second offenses will carry higher penalties.
An endorsement on your license for a drink-driving is not removed for seven years. This means for seven years if the police pull you over, they will practically definitely breathalyze you. This is because you have a history of ignoring the dangers of driving when drunk.
What are the after effects?
Insurance organizations would certainly rather take on a seventeen yr old with a sports automobile than someone with a drink driving conviction as they consider the risk to be lower. This means premiums could possibly be several times what you paid before the conviction. After a second offense, insurance is nearly impossible to obtain at any price.
Drinking and driving is now completely socially unacceptable, with not only the courts frowning on such behavior. Friends and neighbors can ostracize offenders. Employers may have no interest in taking on convicted drink drivers. If they do, their insurers may block the employment. The days of casual drink driving are well and truly over with the vast majority of people recognizing the dangers of driving when drunk on United States roads.
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