LAS VEGAS (KSNV/MyNews3.com) -- New controversy over how to keep drunk drivers off the road. Should the people who serve alcohol share some of the responsibility?? The idea is for for Nevada to have a dram shop law or third party responsibility laws. But there's opposition: how do stop people from ordering drinks, to keep them off the roads?
Just this past week, a car wreck collision left seven people hurt on Desert Inn Road near Sandhill. 37 year old old Angela Mageras is accused of DUI This is just one of several accidents where law enforcement blames drivers of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs in recent weeks, leaving people injured, or dead.
Earlier this month, 19 year old Angel Velasquez was riding his motorcycle. The young man with dreams of being a police officer are gone. Metro says Velasquez was struck by an alleged drunk driver.
State Assemblyman John Hambrick says with the ongoing DUI incidents, tougher laws are possible in the near future.
“And I think this time hopefully legislation will pass. We tried a few years ago and it was unsuccessful. I think this time it might be more emphasis behind it. we are losing too many adults,” Hambrick said.
The legislation he's talking about are known as dram shop laws.
More than 40 states have laws on the books that hold people who serve alcohol responsible in civil cases for DUI accidents.
“If we craft it correctly, they should not mind. we do not want to stop their business from growing. We just hope that there's a group of people, or if someone is too far inebriated and cannot handle it, we need to take responsibility as a community, make sure they don't get on the roads and maybe hurt people coming into their establishment,” Hambrick said.
“Dram shop laws create a conscience in terms of those who are serving alcohol, and if they understand they could be held responsible or the facility or the hotel, the facility, wherever it is they're working, could also be held responsible, they're going to be much more conscientious of how they serve alcohol,” said Sandy Haverly with the organization “Stop DUI”.
But she says casinos and bars have voiced strong opposition about dram laws in the past. That won't stop her from making sure no one gets behind the wheel of a car, drunk.
While it may appear there is a rash of recent DUI accidents, there are actually less this year than there were last year at this time.