LAS VEGAS, Nev. (702 Times, NV Globe) – To track where DUI drivers were served their last drink, Clark County is introducing Nevada’s first “Place of Last Consumption” program.
The campaign is one of numerous initiatives to combat the surge in fatal DUIs in Nevada and Clark County, all of which are part of the Clark County Office of Traffic Safety Strategic Plan.
Some of the study’s findings include:
- 47% of deadly crashes are caused by DUI drivers.
- 27% of DUI drivers are between the ages of 21 to 30.
- A fifth of deadly DUI crashes occurs between the hours of 9 p.m. to midnight, followed by midnight to 2 a.m.
- 39% of deadly DUI crashes occur on Saturdays and Sundays.
The “Place of Last Consumption” initiative is aimed towards younger adults. According to Clark County Office of Traffic Safety Director Andrew Bennett, several states already have such a program in place.
“There’s definitely a demographic that we’ve identified through this data and through experience with DUI arrests, that we understand it is young adult men 18 to 35,” Bennett said. “Anytime that we can focus our efforts with education, hopefully the end result is live saved,” he said, noting that state and local laws already ban serving a guest who is over-intoxicated; he says some establishments may need more education to spot a drunk guest.
The initiative will be operational by the end of 2023. Other initiatives include strengthening collaborations between law enforcement and groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Credits: Fox 5 Vegas
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