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Woman Attacks Man Facing Trial For Las Vegas DUI Death Of Her Son

By | 2016-01-06T10:20:05-07:00 January 6th, 2016|Categories: DUI, Las Vegas Legal News, Local News|Tags: , , |

Las Vegas DUI accidents can have repercussions beyond just the immediate accident, and the injuries and deaths that are caused. After the accident, surviving family members of those killed and caregivers of those who are injured in Clark County driving while intoxicated accidents. The mother of a man that was killed in a DUI accident in Las Vegas recently attacked the driver of the car that killed her son, when both were at the courthouse of Clark County for a court hearing. The woman who was arrested and convicted of battering the driver in the accident, 64-year-old Lindona Thompson, plead no-contest to the charges. Ms. Thompson received a fine of $100 and must go to classes to help her control her impulses. Ms. Thompson must also not get in trouble with police for the next 90 days and if she does, the charges against her will be reversed. The man attacked by Ms. Thompson, Gary Adair, was not significantly hurt in the attack, by the woman who is 5’ 2” and has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Ms. Thompson was facing a fine of up to $1000 and could have been sent to jail for six months. The man, Gary [...]

Las Vegas Drunk Driving Deaths Decline In 2015

By | 2016-01-05T11:05:51-07:00 January 5th, 2016|Categories: DUI, Las Vegas Legal News, Local News|Tags: , , |

Drunk driving deaths in the Silver State continue to fall. The decline in 2015 from 2014 was nearly 25%. 61 people died from Las Vegas drunk driving accidents and accidents across Nevada in 2015. in 2014, 81 people died from drunk driving accidents. From 2013 to 2014 drunk driving accidents in Nevada fell 40%. Non-profits that fights drunk driving in the Silver State are predicting that the rise of ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber will help to bring down drunk driving accidents even more moving forward. When someone who is drinking calls a taxi, there is little feedback as to when the taxi will arrive. Ridesharing services that are contacted via a mobile application have a second by second update to the arrival time of the vehicle you have requested. By constantly updating the potential drunk driver, they may be dissuaded from getting behind the wheel and committing a Clark County DUI. Even though Southern Nevada DWI and other drunk driving deaths are falling across the state, MADD is also pushing for the Nevada legislature to increase penalties for driving drunk. At this time, a first time drunk driving conviction in the Silver State brings with it a misdemeanor [...]

Appeal Set For Las Vegas Assemblyman Convicted of Driving While Intoxicated

By | 2015-12-27T15:30:28-07:00 December 27th, 2015|Categories: DUI, Las Vegas Legal News, Local News|Tags: , , |

The appeal for a Las Vegas Assemblyman’s DUI guilty verdict has been set for late January, 2016. The Democrat, Richard Carrillo was booked for a DUI on Friday, February 27th, during the last legislative session in the Silver State’s capitol, Carson City. Mr. Carrillo was not booked for Las Vegas DUI, instead, Carson City DUI. Mr. Carrillo’s conviction is being handled in the Clark County court because his attorney contends that no hard evidence exists that the Democratic Assemblyman was actually committing a DUI offense at the time of his arrest. The Clark County legislator was only sitting in the front seat of his vehicle at the time of his arrest, he was not operating the vehicle, although the key was in the on position in the ignition. The engine was running, Assemblyman Carrillo attests, in order for him to keep himself warm. Since the Assemblyman was not actually driving the car at the time, his legal team attests that he should not have been convicted. The Southern Nevada legislator’s appeal is being based on a 1989 case before the Supreme Court of Nevada. In the case, a person found sleeping in a vehicle cannot be assumed to actually be [...]

Las Vegas DUI Checkpoint Held On December 16th

By | 2015-12-26T11:59:47-07:00 December 26th, 2015|Categories: DUI, Las Vegas Legal News, Local News, Marijuana DUI, Speeding|Tags: , , |

A mid-December DUI mitigation event was recently held by Las Vegas police and other local police departments. At the Wednesday, December 16th Las Vegas DUI checkpoint 11 were arrested for driving while intoxicated. Over 4,500 drivers passed through the checkpoint that was held at the intersection of Charleston Blvd and Arlington Ave. 33 people who passed through the DUI checkpoint were tested for Clark County driving while intoxicated. The checkpoint was set up on the eastern side of Las Vegas. Funding for the checkpoint was provided by a grant for Enforcing Laws applying to underage drinking. One of the objectives for the checkpoint was to increase awareness of local police departments’ efforts to curb drunk driving in Southern Nevada. The checkpoint was held from 7:00 P.M. to 3:00 A.M. The area selected for the DUI checkpoint was chosen because the area has a high number of suspected drivers who were operating their vehicles intoxicated and a large number of automobile accidents. Drunk and drugged driving by adults, teenagers and even older Nevadans who hadn’t gotten into accidents were the targets of the drunk driving checkpoint. The Las Vegas police department and other area police agencies are focused on reducing Southern [...]

Local Hospital Hosts Las Vegas DUI Mitigation Event For Area Teenagers

By | 2015-12-15T22:17:42-07:00 December 15th, 2015|Categories: DUI, Las Vegas Legal News, Local News|Tags: , , |

In 2015, so far, there have been 116 deaths due to Las Vegas automobile accidents. Nearly 25% of those accidents are because one of the drivers involved was driving while intoxicated in Clark County. To combat these deaths and the even more injuries, University Hospital invited Las Vegas high school teenagers to an anti-drunk driving event. The students got a first hand look at the effects of Las Vegas DUI. First responders were at the event to show the teenagers the tragic consequences of driving while intoxicated. Also speaking at the event were the surviving family members of those killed by drunk drivers. One mom, Krystal Hill told the teens about the death of Jesse Hill, her son, who was killed by a drunk driver while on a walk with his girlfriend. The young couple were walking together in the middle of the day - with daylight shining. In the DUI accident, not only was Mr. Hill killed, but also his girlfriend, Anne Ricci suffered such serious injuries that she now suffers from significant memory loss and other injuries. The young girl even had to relearn how to walk. First responders and even trauma surgeons from the hospital explained to [...]

Former Clark County Politician Arrested For Las Vegas DUI

By | 2015-12-14T10:32:20-07:00 December 14th, 2015|Categories: DUI, Local News|Tags: , , |

DUIs can happen to anyone - regular Joes, celebrities and even current or former politicians. One politician, a former commissioner of Clark County, was involved in a Las Vegas automobile accident due to Las Vegas DUI on Friday, December 11th. The former politicians, who goes by the name Tom Collins but who is legally named Clarence Collins Jr. was in an accident that caused someone to be hurt at approximately 7:00 p.m. The accident happened at Flamingo Rd. and Koval Ln. Mr. Collins was placed under arrest just before 8:00 p.m. At approximately 5:00 p.m., Collins tweeted that his followers should head to the rodeo which was at the UNLV arena. His twitter account also shows that he had been at the rodeo on Thursday evening with his mother. The UNLV arena is approximately just over one mile from where Mr. Collins Clark County driving while intoxicated arrest and accident happened. Former commissioner Collins had resigned his post in 2015 after first being elected in 2005. His resignation letter to the Silver State’s governor, Brian Sandoval, cited family reasons for his resignation although Mr. Collins had recently announced that he planned to run for the mayor of Las Vegas seat [...]

To Battle Las Vegas Speeding and Red Light Running, Las Vegas Stop Lights Getting Reflective Update

By | 2015-11-26T18:51:07-07:00 November 26th, 2015|Categories: Local News, Running a Red Light, Speeding, Technology and the LAW|Tags: , , |

Running a red light happens to everyone. You’re running late and think no one will notice. You make only a rolling stop at a right on red. Other times drivers just miss the light - it can be due to driving too fast, not paying attention or even low light conditions when it is overcast or just after sunrise or just before sunset, or even when the sun is high in the sky and the light is just so bright it is hard to see. When people are Las Vegas speeding and run a red light, the Las Vegas police do not have the luxury of ticketing them by capturing a photograph with a red light camera. In Nevada and Las Vegas red light cameras are illegal unless they are connected to a police cruiser or a police station barracks or other building owned by a police force. Across the country, 900 people die due to someone running a red light. That is close to three people every day. Many organizations are working hard to decrease red light running by lengthening the intervals between green, red and yellow lights. A new tool to help people notice traffic lights has been [...]

Man Speaks Out After Being Injured In Las Vegas DUI Accident

By | 2015-11-20T20:53:55-07:00 November 20th, 2015|Categories: DUI, Las Vegas Legal News, Local News|Tags: , , |

When Marko Kustudia went on his daily morning walk, he didn’t expect to be involved in a Las Vegas DUI accident that left another man dead and him hospitalized with serious injuries. Mr. Kustudia was walking on October 7th, when he saw the sunrise illuminate the Las Vegas valley and then was shockingly bathed in headlights, as an automobile began to bear down on him. Mr. Kustudia was walking on Maryland Pkwy, in the vicinity of Gehring Elementary School, which is at the nearby intersection of Gary Ave and Richmar Ave. The other man hit in the Clark County driving under the influence crash was 78-year old Richard Bryan. The accident happened early in the day, at approximately 7:00 a.m. Mr. Bryan was pronounced dead right where the accident happened. 75-year old Mr. Kustudia was rushed to the hospital, in serious pain, with his injuries. As Mr. Kustudia continue to heal from his Las Vegas automobile injuries, he and his wife are stricken with worry about the cost of the medical bills he is accruing. In the accident, Mr. Kustudia suffered a broken ankle, spine and neck. Now, as he attempts to heal, Mr. Kustudia will live a life with [...]

Due To Clark County Speeding, Las Vegas Has The Fourth Highest Red Light Running Numbers In The US

By | 2015-11-06T21:27:16-07:00 November 6th, 2015|Categories: Las Vegas Legal News, Local News, Speeding|Tags: , , |

Las Vegas drivers run red lights. That happens so much in Las Vegas that our city is considered fourth most red light running city in the United States. The list was compiled from data that ended in 2013 and began in 2004. Houston was the most dangerous city for pedestrians killed and injured in red light running accidents. Phoenix is the second most dangerous cities for pedestrians due to red lights being run. The third most dangerous city is Los Angeles. Many use the excuse that the light changed too quickly from yellow to red for them to stop in time, however, most of the time, people are speeding in Las Vegas. In addition, there is very little variation between yellow light times across the Silver State. Most yellow lights in Nevada are four seconds long. Four seconds is plenty of time to stop in time if you are not driving in Clark County excessive speed. Yellow lights times are extended in larger intersections, intersections with right and left turn signals and those with lights on roads that have high speed limits. Traffic light laws are important for everyone’s safety, including the safety of drivers, pedestrians and anyone using the [...]

One Man Injured and Another Killed In Las Vegas DUI Accident

By | 2015-10-13T09:46:58-07:00 October 13th, 2015|Categories: DUI, General Ticket Info, Illegal Driving, Las Vegas Legal News, Local News|Tags: , , |

A tragic DUI accident in Las Vegas has resulted in one man injured and another dead. The Las Vegas DUI accident resulted in the death of a Las Vegas resident, 78, and significant injuries to another man, 75. The accident happened around 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday October 7th. The accident happened at S Maryland Pkwy in the vicinity of an elementary school. The driver of the car, 30-year old Nicole Johnson, from Las Vegas was travelling on S. Maryland in the area of Richmar Ave when the accident happened. Ms. Johnson was driving a Honda Civic at the time of the accident. Ms. Johnson lost control of her Honda and was driving on S. Maryland’s sidewalk when she struck the two men in the Clark County driving while intoxicated accident. Southern Nevada emergency personnel pronounced the 78-year old dead at the scene of the accident and the other elderly man was rushed to Sunrise Hospital to treat his injuries. As Las Vegas police investigated the crash, they closed Maryland Pkwy from Gary Ave to Richmar Ave. Ms. Johnson was given a breathalyzer test at the accident site which she did not pass. Ms. Johnson is facing charges of driving while [...]

Clark County School District Police Officer Arrested for Las Vegas DUI and Other Counts

By | 2015-10-06T09:51:17-07:00 October 6th, 2015|Categories: DUI, Las Vegas Legal News, Local News|Tags: , , |

A police officer who works in the Las Vegas area has been arrested for driving while intoxicated in Clark County. The police officer is a sergeant with the police force of the school district of Clark County. In addition to his arrest for Las Vegas DUI, the school police sergeant for the school district of Clark County is also facing battery charges for punches thrown by him after the accident. The police officer in question is named Anthony Russo. His arrest happened on Saturday, September 5th around 11:00 p.m. Sergeant Russo was arrested by the Nevada Highway Patrol. Sergeant Russo also acts as the head of the school district’s police force’s union. The school police sergeant was arrested when the Subaru SUV he was driving slammed against a Hyundai at 215 Beltway and Sunset Rd. After the Hyundai SUV was hit, Sgt Russo and the occupants of the Hyundai began an altercation. As the fight escalated, Sergeant Russo then un-holstered his firearm. Due to the fight and the brandishing of his firearm, in addition to his Southern Nevada DWI, Sgt. Russo faces charges of ignoring a traffic light, having a gun while intoxicated, two assault counts and drawing a gun [...]

Updated Las Vegas Traffic Laws Take Effect October 1

By | 2015-10-05T08:41:49-07:00 October 5th, 2015|Categories: DUI, General Ticket Info, Henderson Legal News, Las Vegas Legal News, Local News|Tags: , , |

Traffic laws in Las Vegas changed on Thursday, October 1, as laws passed during the last legislative session. The penalty for fleeing the scene of an accident has increased when someone is hurt in the crash. The increased penalties for hit-and-run driving are in conjunction with Las Vegas DUI accidents that cause accidents. Other laws that are getting strengthened include laws about driving in school zones. The law changes close loopholes that enabled some people to avoid conviction when they were arrested for Clark County driving while intoxicated accidents and other traffic infractions. The law changes to hit and run driving are subtle. Before the change, a person who injured or killed someone in an accident and then fled could be granted probation by the courts. If you were guilty of Southern Nevada DWI in the accident, however, you would not have been eligible for parole. The law changes basically eliminated that loophole and now, if you are convicted of fleeing the scene of an accident after injuring or killing a person, you will not be able to be paroled by the court. The loophole enabled people to sober up after the accident when they fled, thus enabling them to [...]

Will Uber’s and Lyft’s Return To Nevada Reduce Las Vegas DUI Deaths?

By | 2015-09-25T17:49:23-07:00 September 25th, 2015|Categories: DUI, Las Vegas Legal News, Local News, Marijuana DUI|Tags: , , |

With Uber and Lyft coming to Las Vegas, expect to see a decline in Las Vegas DUI and other intoxicated while driving charges throughout Southern Nevada. A study by a university in Philadelphia, Temple, showed that when ride sharing companies such as Uber enter a market, DUI deaths fall. The determination was made when studying DUI data in California from 2009 to 2014. Uber’s introduction into a market brought DUI deaths in that city down by anywhere from 3.6% to 5.6%. Since approximately 13,000 people die due to DUIs every year, Uber could have the potential to cause a drop in deaths from driving while intoxicated by 500 people every 12 months. The economic cost of those 500 DUI deaths would also be eliminated, saving the nation a collective $1.3 billion. When the price or the difficulty in registering for or contacting a ride sharing company increased, the decline in deaths stayed consistent. Uber has used this information to help market their service in certain markets. In Toronto, the San Francisco based ride sharing company set up kiosks with breathalyzers in prominent bars and clubs. The heavily Uber branded blood alcohol detection devices implored those who were shown to have [...]

17 Arrested During Las Vegas Labor Day Weekend DUI Checkpoint

By | 2015-09-24T10:01:36-07:00 September 24th, 2015|Categories: DUI, Las Vegas Legal News, Local News|Tags: , , |

Over 3600 cars, light trucks, motorcycles and commercial vehicles went through a Las Vegas DUI checkpoint at the beginning of Labor Day weekend this September. Of those 3600 drivers, 17 were cited for drunk driving in Clark County. The labor day weekend DUI checkpoint was in place for 8 hours and was on Eastern Ave just north of Charleston Blvd. The DUI checkpoint also brought about the arrest of one person who had a warrant for a felony. Of those 3600 people who went through the checkpoint, 44 of them were given sobriety tests. The DUI checkpoint started at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 3rd and lasted until 3:00 a.m. Friday September 4th. Police also wrote tickets to 107 drivers during the DUI checkpoint. The eight hour checkpoint was staffed by nearly 30 police from the Las Vegas Metro police department. Funding for the DUI checkpoint came from a grant from Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws. This program, from the United States Department of Justice, is designed to help states, cities, counties and towns to end the sale of beer, wine, spirits and other alcoholic beverages to people that are under 21 years of age. In addition to providing money for law [...]

Henderson and Nye County Coordinate To Increase Tickets For Drunk Driving In Southern Nevada

By | 2015-09-19T12:36:26-07:00 September 19th, 2015|Categories: DUI, Henderson Legal News, Local News|Tags: , , |

Increased law enforcement efforts in Henderson, Nevada are making the roads safer and leading to more Henderson DUI citations. The cooperative effort between the Henderson police force and the Nye Sheriff's brought about 9 Southern Nevada driving while intoxicated arrests and 500 summonses were written for other driving offenses. Over 400 cars were stopped during the traffic safety and ticketing event that ran from August 29th to September 7th. The 400 stops brought about 541 tickets for all types of infractions including speeding, running red lights, not using a seat belt and more. In the joint ticketing event 239 drivers received speeding tickets, 23 people received a citation for not stopping at a red light, and 100 were cited for driving with no insurance or without a license (often the license was expired, had been suspended or revoked). The operation, which was funded by a State of Nevada Joining Forces grant, blanketed the entire city of Henderson. the increased law enforcement was in response, in part, to the 13 deaths in Henderson in 2014 that were due to traffic accidents. Joining Forces is a Silver State grant program that assists police agencies when they desire to work together to increase [...]

Are Las Vegas DUI Checkpoints Effective?

By | 2015-08-26T10:26:58-07:00 August 26th, 2015|Categories: Ask The Traffic Attorney, DUI, Las Vegas Legal News, Local News|Tags: , , |

Are Las Vegas DUI checkpoints an effective tool for combating driving while intoxicated in Las Vegas? With the traditional end-of-summer three-day-weekend, Labor Day, around the corner, Las Vegas police are gearing up to combat drivers hitting the road while drunk after the weekend’s barbeques and parties. Those efforts will all be funded, in part, by a joint federal and state grant program, Joining Forces. DUI checkpoints will be set up across the Southern Valleys, but how effective are these checkpoints in fighting Clark County DUI? The efficacy of DUI checkpoints can easily be countered. In Indiana’s Hamilton County their DUI checkpoints in 2013 had an arrest rate for drink driving of less that 4%. In 2014, A CO DUI checkpoint inspected 1500 automobiles, motorcycles and trucks. Of those 1500 drivers checked, only 1% were arrested for driving while intoxicated. In the year from Oct. 2010 to Sept. 2011, West Virginia road blocks pulled over approximately 130,000 drivers. From those 130,000 inspections, 3.2% of the drivers were arrested for driving while intoxicated. Why do DUI checkpoints have such low rates of arresting drunk drivers? For one, In Nevada, police must post the area the DUI checkpoint will be held. When these [...]

DUI Checkpoint Set Up in West Valley Las Vegas

By | 2015-08-21T10:40:11-07:00 August 21st, 2015|Categories: DUI, Las Vegas Legal News, Local News|Tags: , , |

Two nights ago, Wednesday, August 19th, Las Vegas police set up a DUI roadblock in West Valley. The West Valley DUI Checkpoint was at Lindell Rd. and W Tropicana Ave. The roadblock began at approximately 8:00 p.m. and ended early Thursday morning, August 20th, at 3:00 a.m. Funding for the Las Vegas driving while intoxicated roadblock likely came from a Joining Forces grant. The Joining Forces grant program is a joint state and federal grant program designed to reduce traffic deaths of drivers, passengers and even pedestrians by funding increased law enforcement efforts and even public awareness campaigns. For increased law enforcement efforts the Joining Forces grant pays for officer overtime and the use of consumables such as breathalyzer pipettes and even rubber gloves. The grant program’s public awareness campaigns can be seen on billboards, television and print advertisements. The widely seen Click it or Ticket television campaign is one of the Joining Forces public awareness campaigns. In the Silver State this year there has been a large number of deaths on our roadways. Those increased death have happened to pedestrians, motorcyclists, bicyclists, passengers and even drivers. Drunk driving fatalities in Nevada make up over 30% of the deaths on [...]

Gardnerville DUI Arrest Leads To Analysis Of Las Vegas Police DUI Arrest Tactics

By | 2015-08-20T10:45:52-07:00 August 20th, 2015|Categories: Ask The Traffic Attorney, DUI, Las Vegas Legal News, Local News|Tags: , , |

Two police cars in Douglas County sustained damaged when police attempted to pull over a drunk driver in Gardnerville. The Gardnerville DUI stop was on Sunday, August 16th. After both the truck the suspected drunk driver and the police car pulled over, the truck sped away from police. Police ran back to their cruiser and began their pursuit. After the drunk driver stopped at an intersection, the driver of the pickup truck then rammed his truck into the two police cruisers. Gardnerville police were able to pull over the pickup. The male driver of the pickup was later arrested for assault while using a weapon, felony DUI, having an expired automobile registration, destroying property and eluding police. The man’s bail was set at over $120,000. The driver of the car was Michael Stewart, 56. He was originally pulled over in the Lampe Park parking lot around 5:00 p.m. before fleeing. The chase to detain Mr. Stewart continued along SR 756 in the westerly direction and Mr. Stewart stopped at Dresslerville Rd and SR 756. As Mr. Stewart was eventually stopped by police after he attempted to escape on SR 88. One deputy from the Sheriff’s office of Douglas County was [...]

Two Killed, Three Injured In Las Vegas DUI Accident

By | 2015-07-19T19:48:52-07:00 July 19th, 2015|Categories: Distraction on the Road: Texting, DUI, Las Vegas Legal News, Local News, Speeding|Tags: , , , , |

Two have died and and three more were hurt in a Las Vegas DUI accident last Sunday, July 12th. A North Las Vegas resident, 26, ran through a traffic signal that turned red. The driver has been identified as Adrian Galindo. Witness reports given to police showed that those who saw the accident believed Mr. Galindo’s truck was travelling nearly 100 miles per hour. Mr. Galindo was driving a Toyota pickup truck from originally sold in 2007. After speeding through the stoplight, Mr. Galindo’s Toyota first hit a Honda pickup truck and then hit a Ford Fusion. The Fusion then slammed into a Chevy Tahoe. The Fusion also rammed into the Honda truck. Finally, another truck, a Ford Expedition, was peppered by flying debris from the accident. After the accident, Mr. Galindo was listed as critical from the driving while intoxicated in Clark County crash. Two residents of North Las Vegas were tragically killed in the Southern Nevada DWI collision, 54-year old Elmer Hightower and 52-year old John Rodda. Mr. Rodda was pronounced dead at the accident scene as was Mr. Hightower. Injured in the accident was a woman who is 22 year old and her daughter, 5. As of [...]

In Response To Drastic Rise In Traffic Deaths, Police Set Up Las Vegas DUI Checkpoint

By | 2015-07-15T08:22:50-07:00 July 15th, 2015|Categories: DUI, Las Vegas Legal News, Local News|Tags: , , , , |

As traffic deaths in Las Vegas continue to rise in 2015, Las Vegas police are hitting the streets in an effort to slow and even stop the totals climb. Last night, Tuesday, July 14th, Las Vegas police set up a DUI roadblock at the intersection of Windmill Ln and Las Vegas Blvd. The intersection for the Las Vegas DUI checkpoint was chosen due to the increased amount of automobile accidents in the area. Las Vegas Valley has seen 100 people die in Southern Nevada traffic fatalities so far in 2015. Last year 77 people died in automobile accidents in Las Vegas. Of those 100 people killed, 12 of those deaths were due to driving while intoxicated in Clark County. In response to the climbing tragic body count, the Silver State’s Traffic Safety Commission met earlier in the day Tuesday. NHP Officer Loy Hixson was at the meeting and talked about a 5-car crash that was essentially caused by drunk driving. The accident happened Sunday night, July 12th, on Lamb Blvd. A man has been charged in the accident, 26-year old Arian Galindo. Mr. Galindo was arrested for DUI resulting in death (two counts), ignoring traffic safety devices and not wearing [...]