Nevada Tightens Drunk Driving Law; Impact Debated

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Nevada joined most of the nation yesterday by lowering the allowable amount of alcohol someone can consume before driving a car, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. The legal blood alcohol limit dropped from 0.10 to 0.08. “We have come a long way,” said Sandy Heverly of a group called Stop DUI. “It’s a new day for Nevada.”

The Review-Journal found two men named Mike couldn’t care less. “Every time I’ve gotten a DUI, it’s been way over point-one-oh,” said Mike Smith, a concrete layer. He said he’d been arrested for driving under the influence three times in nine years.

His friend Mike Schum said, “I’ve had 13 DUIs. I don’t know anybody who’s had as many as me.” The two Mikes said the new law won’t change their behavior in the slightest.

Legislators enacted the law in large part because Nevada would have lost millions in federal highway funding if they hadn’t. “Nevada, what took you so long,” said Jerry Vesely, whose 11-year-old daughter, Cody, was killed by a drunken driver in 1998.


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