In Nevada, a first-time DUI with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of less than .18 is considered a misdemeanor, and installation of an Ignition Interlock System (IIS) is not required on a first-time offense by statute. However, the court, at its discretion, may order it based on the circumstances of the DUI. Many states require IIS installation on the first-time DUI, and there is a growing movement in Nevada for this to be made mandatory.
Half of The States Require First-Time DUI IIS Installation
Twenty-five of the 50 states require IIS installation on the first DUI offense. State Senator, Mark Manendo, has said he will introduce and sponsor changes to Nevada law during this legislative session that will have Nevada join the growing number of states where IIS installation is required for all DUIs.
Las Vegas area law enforcement agencies, under the banner of the Southern Nevada Traffic Safety Coalition, have announced that they support this legislation. Senator Manendo has stated, “There are 29 states that have passed the first-time offender ignition interlock laws and research shows there to be a significant reduction in alcohol-related crashes in those states.”
What is an Ignition Interlock System?
An Ignition Interlock System, is a breathalyzer, which requires a driver to blow into a mouthpiece on the device before it allows the vehicle to start. When required by a court, the device is installed at the expense of the defendant. Costs can amount to $150 for installation, and up to about $90 a month for monthly rental of the device.
Stay tuned to the Ticket Buster blog for updates on the status of these efforts.
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The penalties for DUI in Nevada are harsh and costly. The penalties increase as the severity of the DUI increases. BAC levels of .08 to .17 on first offenses are considered misdemeanors and carry severe penalties as outlined previously on this blog. If you have been charged with a DUI, it is important that you have representation which will protect your rights. Ticket Busters can and will provide that kind of protection. Call us today to discuss your case at (702) 666-6666.