Recent Changes in Las Vegas Traffic Laws

October 1, 2015 saw some major changes take place in Las Vegas traffic laws, including increased restrictions in school zones and increased penalties for hit-and-run accidents resulting in injury or death.

What the law used to say:

Before October 1st, a sober individual who fled the scene of an accident that involved substantial bodily harm or death could have been eligible for probation. However, if a person was under the influence and caused a crash that resulted in injuries or deaths, they would not be eligible for probation. The loophole in the law and difference between the two penalties encouraged impaired motorists to flee from the scene of a crash rather than reporting it. This “run culture” of fleeing the scene after the accident was influenced by the fact that when police officers would catch the offender, it was nearly impossible to prove they were impaired at the time of the accident because they had ample time to sober up.

What the law says now:

The amended law that took effect on October 1, 2015 states that impaired or not, if you are convicted of fleeing the scene of an accident that resulted in bodily injury or death, you have no chance for parole. Now, with the loophole closed, offenders can face between two and 20 years in prison and face the inability to bargain for probation.

Another law that was enforced starting on October 1, 2015 is the law forbidding U-Turns in school zones and changing lanes to pass other vehicles in school crossing areas. The school zone reforms are targeted at protecting children and the elderly who are at the highest risk of low-speed crashes.
Metro Police and lawmakers have expressed hope that lives will be saved by the law change, inspiring drivers to help accident victims, going as far as calling 911, instead of fleeing and not helping those injured in the crash.

If you are involved in an accident:

If you’re in an accident, please help those who are injured, call 911 immediately and report the accident. If you are cited for DUI, possession, domestic violence or need the services of a Criminal Defense attorney in Las Vegas, The Law Offices of Jeffrey G. Sloane can help.

For more than 30 years, Jeffrey G. Sloane has fought to protect the rights of his clients and navigate them through their complex legal processes, taking a practical approach to our clients’ legal problems. We know our clients put their trust in us to make things better for them, especially when it comes to some of their most difficult legal problems in both business and criminal defense matters.

While you may be hesitating as to whether or not your charge requires the help of a local Las Vegas criminal defense attorney it is usually better to at least consult with one and let them offer you advice on whether or not they are needed. Without knowing the ins and outs of the law you may find yourself guilty of a crime you didn’t commit or with a much stricter/harsher punishment then what a criminal defense attorney could have arranged for you. Remember claiming not to have knowledge about the law isn’t a defense that will hold up in court.

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