NPD enforcement effort to combat drunken driving

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Nevada Police Department received a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Division for participation in the "You Drink and Drive, You Lose" campaign, an effort to cut down on driving while impaired. Enforcement efforts will be increased May 5-9 and will focus on reducing deaths and serious injuries caused by impaired drivers.

A press release from the NPD notes that a first conviction, or the first conviction in more than five years, means the offenders' driver's license will be suspended for 30 days, followed by a 60-day suspension if a hardship license is not obtained.

A second conviction means a $1,000 fine, a year-long driver's license revocation and up to one year in jail. Convicted offenders also are required to install an ignition interlock system that prevents the vehicle from starting if it detects alcohol in the driver's breath.

A third conviction can mean up to a $5,000 fine, a 10-year license denial and/or up to seven years in jail.

Drivers who cause a fatal crash while intoxicated may be charged with involuntary manslaughter, which carries a penalty of up to seven years in jail or a $5,000 fine or both.

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