Between 2013 and 2017, 359 people lost their lives and 682 were seriously injured in impaired driving crashes on Nevada roadways. The goal of the Nevada Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is to reach zero fatalities. The Impaired Driving Critical Emphasis Area Fact Sheet provides information on who is involved in impaired driving fatal and serious injury crashes, where and when these crashes occurred, and why they happened. The Fact Sheet also outlines critical strategies and action steps the State of Nevada plans to take in reducing impaired driving crashes in efforts to reach our goal of zero fatalities.

Task Force Leaders

Chair
Lt Kevin Honea, Nevada Department of Public Safety, Nevada Highway Patrol
Vice Chair
Victoria Hauan, Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety
Facilitator
Dennis Osborn
Assistant Facilitator
David Giacomin, Kimley-Horn

Events

December 20, 2018 – Impaired Driving Prevention Task Force Meeting

Strategies and Action Steps

Maximize Driving Under the Influence (DUI) enforcement through training, coordination, education, and funding
  1. Conduct refresher training programs on sobriety testing through Standard Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) programs.
  2. Determine frequent crash locations/corridors for impaired driving. This program targets all unsafe driving behaviors including impaired driving and involves engineering (signage), enforcement, and public awareness.
Aggressively reduce drinking and driving and underage drinking
  1. Enhance DUI education within existing safe driving programs through outreach events to communities, schools, and associations.
  2. Monitor and support compliance check programs to reduce youth access to alcohol.
  3. Provide training to servers to help them recognize the signs of intoxication and teach methods to reduce excessive drinking.
  4. Expand NHP’s DRIVE youth program and the Zero Teen Fatality program through additional funding and promotion. For example, we can recruit youth groups to deliver “Don’t Drink and Drive” materials to retail stores to be placed near high-visibility alcohol products.
Eliminate repeat DUI offenses through successful existing programs and innovative new programs
  1. Develop a statewide recidivism program similar to the 24/7 Sobriety Program. Provide information and data showing the program’s effectiveness. Identify key people in law enforcement, such as judges, prosecutors, and legislators to recruit as champions of the program.
  2. Coordinate with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to provide an annual repeat offender report and investigate the possibility of going back five to ten years to track historical progress to determine percentage of repeat offenders.
Understand and address the increase in “Under the influence of other substances” crashes
  1. Continue research on the effects of legalized marijuana use on impaired driving crashes and identify methods to capture Nevada-specific marijuana impaired driving data.
  2. Begin research on the severity and number of other drug-impaired crashes, such as prescription drugs and heroin. Identify methods to capture Nevada-specific data.

Advisory Opinions

Based on national research and the potential for saving lives throughout the state, the Nevada SHSP Impaired Driving Prevention Task Force strongly recommends the following Advisory Opinions:

  • Encourage statewide use of the 24/7 Sobriety Program
  • Strengthen mandatory ignition interlock statutes

Resources

 

Agendas and Minutes

Download

Date

Impaired Driving Prevention Task Force Meeting Agenda PDF 09/2018
Impaired Driving Prevention Task Force Meeting Minutes PDF 09/2018

Fact Sheets

Impaired Driving Critical Emphasis Area Fact Sheet PDF 09/2017

Other Documents

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2016 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Traffic Safety Facts PDF 10/2017
Drug-Impaired Driving: Marijuana and Opioids Raise Critical Issues for States PDF 05/2018
Ignition Interlocks – What You Need To Know: A Toolkit for Policymakers,
Highway Safety Professionals, And Advocates – 2014
PDF 02/2014
Impaired Driving Safety Task Force Quarterly Summary Report PDF 05/2018
Impacts of Marijuana Legalization in Colorado – A Report Pursuant to Senate Bill 13-283 PDF 10/2018

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