law in Nevada will have inattentive drivers facing much stiffer penalties than
they would have in the past.
Kenny Guinn signed into law AB295, which creates a misdemeanor charge for
vehicular manslaughter. The charge carries with it a fine of up to $1,000, and
the person could also face up to six months in jail. Penalties will also be
doubled if the death takes place in a work zone.
a driver who injured or killed someone while driving inattentively – such as
while talking on the phone or changing stations on the radio – could only be
issued a citation, unless criminal negligence, such as drunken driving, could
proposal has made its way to the state assembly three times before, but never
gained enough momentum to pass. However, several recent incidents across the
state – including the death of four people waiting at a bus stop, when a car
veered off the road and hit them.
families who lose loved ones to inattentive drivers deserve the knowledge that
Nevada law acknowledges their loss,” Guinn told the Nevada Appeal. “The
state of Nevada will be casting a much more vigilant eye on this crime.”
law will take effect on Oct. 1.