Source: North Lake Tahoe Bonanza (NV)
Copyright: 1999 North Lake Tahoe Bonanza
Pubdate: Fri, 12 Feb 1999
Page: Front Page with color photo of Steve and Michele
Contact:   (530) 546-2507 (California number)
FAX: (702) 831-4222 (Nevada number)
Mail:  P.O. Drawer 7820, Incline Village, NV 89452 
Author: Geoff Dornan, Bonanza News Service


Assemblyman Don Gustavson, R-Sun Valley, Wednesday introduced a bill he
says will close a gap in Nevada's driving under the influence laws. 

Gustavson said now, when a driver has a small quantity of an illegal drug
in his system he will face charges of consuming or using the drug. But
prosecutors have to prove that amount of drug impaired driving enough to
qualify for a DUI conviction. 

Assembly Bill 196, which was referred to the Judiciary and Ways and Means
committees, would set the state's tolerance for driving while using any
illegal drug at zero. It states that a driver could be charged with DUI if
there is "a detectable amount" of any illegal drug in his system. 

Gustavson said the 82-page bill also makes a variety of other changes to
the law, including elimination of the seven-year limit for using prior DUIs
against a defendant whether the intoxicating substance is drugs or alcohol.
Now, a subject's record is cleared after seven years. 

In addition, it would mandate prison for any DUI involving substantial
bodily harm or death. 

Because of those provisions, he admitted the problem with the bill is going
to be its cost. But he said he hasn't received the fiscal note estimating
its impact on prisons and county jails yet. 
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