The year 2011 marked the first year in recorded history where drunk driving fatalities in America fell beneath 10,000. A 2.5 percent decrease also marked an improvement from the 1.9 percent decrease between 2009 and 2010. Unfortunately, Nevada was one of the few states to see an increase in fatalities from 2010 to 2011. More than a quarter of traffic deaths in the state involved at least one operator driving under the influence of alcohol. Perhaps most disheartening of all, 1 in 7 of these fatalities involved drunk drivers under the legal age of 21. Nearly a quarter of these drivers were repeat offenders.
Still, DUI fatalities have reduced by 45% in Nevada since 2001. If you have been arrested for a DUI, contact a Las Vegas DUI lawyer. Garrett T. Ogata, Las Vegas DUI attorney, will work to have your DUI charge dropped to a lesser offense if not dismissed entirely. Effective DUI defenses include the driver being pulled over for no legally justifiable reason, the arresting officer failed to comply with Nevada state regulations, or the operator’s right to a fair and speedy trial are compromised.
Contact Garrett T. Ogata and his team of Las Vegas DUI lawyers if you are dealing with a drunk driving arrest.