The facts which outline the effects of drunk driving are staggering. It has been estimated that over 300,000 people drive in an impaired condition every day. These drivers cause a motor vehicle accident every two minutes; they kill someone every hour. In Nevada drunk drivers kill more than one person, on average, every week. Most alcohol-related accidents occur in the Las Vegas area, where, for many visitors, drinking alcohol is a natural part of the experience.
Despite concentrated efforts by law enforcement to prevent drunk driving, including sobriety checkpoints, ignition interlocks, medial campaigns, and community outreach, the average drunk driver will drive over 80 times in an impaired condition before an arrest. And when finally arrested, he or she is likely to continue to drive on a suspended license.
Once an alcohol-related accident occurs, Nevada law mandates fines, required classes, license revocation, jail time and other punishment for the drunk driver. The cost of even an initial DUI charge can exceed $10,000.