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There is a new law in effect in Nevada that requires all drivers who have been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol to install an ignition interlock device in their cars. As of Monday, October 1, any driver who has been pulled over for reckless driving and has registered with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or higher will be required to use one of the devices for six months.
We celebrated Nevada day on October 26, which celebrates the Silver State’s founding on October 31, 1864. For many, this holiday is a welcome day off work or school. On the occasional year that it is celebrated on October 31, children relish the opportunity to indulge in a full day of Halloween festivities without the distraction of six hours of school time.
As the end of October approaches, you may have noticed some spooky changes in your neighborhood. Pumpkins are appearing on doorsteps, cotton spiderwebs lace the local greenery, and children are trying on their costumes and masks for size. Families are visiting corn mazes, and kindergartens are taking their yearly field trip to the local pumpkin patch. Halloween is coming, and preparing for this holiday should involve more than stocking up on fun-sized candy bars.There is some debate as to when it is appropriate to begin and cease trick-or-treating.
October 1 marked the one-year anniversary of the deadliest mass murder in U.S. history. The tragedy took place at an open-air country music concert at the MGM Grand. A total of 58 people were killed and another 400 were injured by a single gunman firing from the high-rise hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The concert, featuring country music star Jason Aldean, drew thousands of fans. Gunman Stephen Paddock fired from the 32nd floor on the crowd below with modified semi-automatic weapons.
It’s a sad fact, but DUI accidents are common. As we discussed in a recent post, something like 10,000 lives are lost nationally each year in drunk-driving accidents. We hear about them on the news, we see the aftermath on the highway…every once in a while we pass through a DUI checkpoint, usually around the holidays.
It’s a common scenario: a busy parent has spent the day caring for their young baby, and now they are both physically and mentally exhausted. If the child would only sit still for five minutes, laundry could be started, dinner could be made, or a hard-working mother or father could relax briefly. There are several devices parents turn to in these circumstances that strap a baby in with some sort of activity or entertainment. Bouncers, baby gyms, and Bumbo chairs are common favorites. Another commonly deployed device is the baby walker.
Elder Abuse and Neglect is Growing With the Aging Population Abuse at all ages is a common trope in the news these days. One population that is sometimes ignored from a media standpoint is the elderly. Those who can no longer care for themselves have limited options available. Some might rely on family – who may or may not be available – to help them meet their needs while living at home. Others are able to hire outside help to come into their homes and assist with basic care.
Exploring the Causes of Fatal DUI Accidents Unfortunately, we see a steady stream of families working to recover from drunk-driving accidents. In the “good” scenarios, someone has been seriously injured but survived; the “bad” ones involve the death of one or more members of the family.
There is a new law taking effect as part of Nevada’s continuing efforts to lower the number of auto fatalities in the state annually. Governor Brian Sandoval recently signed into law Senate bill 259,  which requires all drivers who have been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in the state of Nevada to use an ignition interlock device on their vehicle for six months. Previously, those who had only been convicted once for driving under the influence generally had their license suspended.
A recent wave of deadly crashes across the Silver State has law-enforcement officials worrying about what the rest of the year might bring. In fact, 2018 is on-track to reverse the prior year’s downward trend in fatal crashes and vehicle fatalities. In 2016, the state suffered 304 fatal crashes which claimed 329 lives; in 2017, 290 fatal crashes killed 308 people.