A new law went into effect Oct. 1, 2018 in Nevada, cracking down on repeat DUI offenders. Anyone arrested for driving under the influence will be required to install ignition interlocks in their vehicles.
The device was designed to make it more difficult for impaired drivers to get behind the wheel.
Clark County prosecutors are on a mission to go after impaired drivers and make sure they learned their lesson.
The new law put into place hopes to prevent the same faces from coming back in to their courtrooms.
Senate Bill 259 was approved last June. It requires drivers busted with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 and above to get an ignition interlock installed in their vehicle for 90 days after an arrest.
If convicted, they will have to have the device for at least six months.
The Las Vegas Justice Court estimates they convict about 100 people a day. A judge can make an exception if the driver provides medical proof that they are unable to give a deep lung sample or if the driver lives more than 100 miles away from a manufacturer of the device.
The changes will crack down on tampering with the devices. It will be a misdemeanor to offer to give a sample breath for someone else.
An ignition interlock is a device installed in a vehicle that measures the level of alcohol in breath. Connected directly to a vehicle’s ignition system, drivers are required to blow into the attached mouthpiece to test their breath alcohol concentration. If alcohol is detected, the interlock device prevents the vehicle from starting. By law, ignition interlock devices are equipped with cameras to confirm that the individual who provided the breath is the one driving the vehicle.
According to the Office of Traffic Safety, states with the ignition interlock device laws saw a reduction of 16 percent in drunk driving related deaths.
The new law aims to save more lives.