Good news travels fast, and bad news travels faster. Since Clint Ryan – the assistant police chief of the North Las Vegas Police Department – was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), local media have been covering the story aggressively.  While it is fortunate that Ryan was detained before his conduct caused a drinking-and-driving accident, the mixture of legitimate condemnation of dangerous behavior and less-virtuous schadenfreude has had an unfortunate impact on the morale of the wider Las Vegas community.
Back in March of last year, the epic snowfall enjoyed by skiers throughout the Sierra Nevada region was sullied when a snowstorm in the Lake Tahoe area turned tragic. 61-year-old Alan McMahon was heading north on Mount Rose Highway, driving to a worksite near Incline Village, a small community on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. Visibility was diminished, but McMahon was a careful driver and an attentive worker. He worked hard, relying on own labor to earn a living as a carpenter in the Northern Nevada area. McMahon was driving his beloved 1978 Chevy pickup truck.
Police are still investigating the facts behind a bizarre and troubling automobile accident that took place in Sparks in the northbound lanes of Pyramid Highway. At this stage the full details of the two-vehicle accident – which took place in the early morning hours of Friday, April 12 – remain under investigation and not entirely understood. Based on the preliminary investigations into this week-old car crash, the following facts are established.  A pickup truck, driven by a 31-year-old woman, crashed into the rear of an SUV.
To the chagrin of many and the elation of a loyal fanbase, the New England Patriots are NFL champions yet again. While their achievement is remarkable, the low-scoring capstone game was none too exciting. But disappointed fans will be fortunate if all they have to complain about is the lackluster performance. Every year around a month into the new year, Americans gather around the television for a time-honored tradition.
This past Monday marked the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, often referred to as MLK Day. MLK Day is a federally recognized holiday in the United States commemorating the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most famous leaders of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968, and MLK Day was signed into law by President Reagan in 1983 (it was first observed three years later). Some states resisted the holiday initially, and it wasn’t until the year 2000 that all 50 states celebrated the holiday.
Last week two officers of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department were investigating a crash involving a suspected drunk driver when their vehicles were struck…by a suspected drunk driver. Over the decades the Las Vegas region has done a great deal to rebrand itself as a launching point for the outdoors, a cosmopolitan arts and retail scene, a dynamic business environment, and a community of underdogs who are relentlessly #VegasStrong.
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.
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.
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.