Key Findings & Observations Nevada established its formal Court Monitoring program in 2019. MADD staff and volunteers have monitored 2,000 cases through funding from the Nevada Department of Public Safety. Court monitors attend court hearings when able in addition to collecting data from online data bases in order to acquire the general trends described in this report. MADD Nevada continues to monitor the adjudication process of DUI and DUI Drug cases in 2021 because of the funding provided by the Nevada DPS, as well as the efforts of MADD staff members and volunteers. It is MADD’s hope that these efforts will ultimately further MADD’s mission to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, serve the victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking in order to create a world of No More Victims®. o We are not there yet. In the most recent data from the Nevada Department of Transportation, 284 people were killed in alcohol related crashes and 71% of impaired driving serious injury and fatal crashes occurred in Clark County (2013-2017). o Nevada saw a total economic loss of over 36.2 million dollars due to alcohol related crashes. It is important to recognize that this report reflects only a small portion of all Nevada DUI and DUI Drug cases, their outcomes, and the individuals involved. The COVID-19 pandemic heavily impacted our world in 2020 and MADD Nevada understands that it may have had an impact on overall trends and is sympathetic towards those affected by the pandemic. MADD Nevada supports high visibility law enforcement. MADD encourages all officers to take part in the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DRE) program, which trains law enforcement personnel to identify drug impaired drivers. The legalization of recreational marijuana makes this even more of a critical tool for our law enforcement to have. Some research studies have indicated that the likelihood of DUI recidivism is reduced when an offender attends a Victim Impact Panel (VIP). Victim Impact Panels are principally designed to serve as a restorative justice component to the formal adjudication process which also educates impaired driving offenders about long-term effects of substance impaired driving. In 2020, MADD was forced to cancel many in-person VIPs but opened the Online Victim Impact Panel to all. The online option has allowed MADD to continue to provide education to offenders while the in-person panels were unavailable, which furthers MADD’s mission to end drunk driving. Visit MADDVIP.org for more information on the Victim Impact Panel and the Online Victim Impact Panel. WHAT CAN YOU DO? o Encourage more efficient and consistent prosecution of DUI and DUI Drug Cases throughout all Nevada courts. o Partner with MADD to address the needs and trends from this report in your community. o Makeacommitment tonever drinkanddriveor usedrugs andget behind thewheel. o Choose to never provide alcohol to those under the age of 21. IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE HAS BEEN AFFECTED BY DRUNK OR DRUG- IMPAIRED DRIVING, MADD IS HERE TO HELP. CALL OUR VICTIM/ SURVIVOR 24-HOUR HELPLINE AT 877-MADD-HELP (877-623-3435).
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