A typical DUI costs an average of
when including legal fees, fines
and higher insurance rates.
Somebody dies every
from a drunk-driving crash
in the United States.

of all 2011 traffic fatalities in
Nevada were alcohol-related.

impaired driving crashes in Nevada
mostly involved a single vehicle.

While impaired driving fatalities are declining in Nevada, there are still far too many people killed and injured on our roadways because someone made the mistake of driving impaired. And even with the declining numbers in Nevada, nearly one-third of crash deaths nationally involve an alcohol impaired driver. We still have lots of work to do.

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Know the Law

Blood Alcohol Concentration

The illegal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit in Nevada is:
• 0.02% for drivers under the age of 21
• 0.04% for commercial license holders
• 0.08% for everyone else

The BAC applies only to alcohol. If any detectable amount of an illegal substance―such as cocaine or marijuana―is found in your blood, you are subject to at least the same penalties as you would for alcohol.

Illegal Per Se

In Nevada, if you operate a vehicle with a BAC at or above the legally defined threshold, you are committing an impaired driving offense in and of itself. Also, you can still be arrested and convicted for driving under the influence (DUI) with a lower BAC reading or for driving under the influence of controlled or prohibited substances.

Implied Consent

When you drive a vehicle in Nevada, you have legally given consent to breath or blood testing. Refusal of testing is grounds for an arrest, and law enforcement may use reasonable force to obtain blood samples.


Buzzed driving (BAC < 0.08% for 21+ year old drivers who are not commercial license holders) still affects motor skills. Even if you are below the legal limit, you can still suffer from the following predictable effects on driving:

Blood Alcohol Content
Effects on your driving abilities
• Decline in visual functions (rapid tracking of a moving target)
• Decline in an ability to perform two tasks at the same time (divided attention)

Blood Alcohol Content
Effects on your driving abilities
• Reduced coordination
• Reduced ability to track moving objects
• Difficulty steering
• Reduced response to emergency driving situations

What you can do

If alcohol is part of your evening, make sure you designate a sober driver to get you home safely.

Plan a safe way home before going out.

If you’re already impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, use public transportation or call a designated driver service to get home safely.

If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local police.

If you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

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