Drugged Driving is a major issue that many urban centers have to contend with. The high number of private vehicles across America combined with the various illicit channels for obtaining drugs means that drugged driving cases remain high across the country. States continue to devise ways to combat this threat and mitigate its negative effect on the public.
In Nevada, drugged driving is classified under driving under the influence laws and is covered by a no-tolerance policy; any person can be charged immediately if there is significant grounds to determine that they were driving under the influence of drugs.
The legal provisions for drugged driving in Nevada are stipulated under section 484C. 10 of the Nevada Revised Statutes. In brief, Nevada describes drugged driving as the act of controlling any motor vehicle on a highway or on public premises while under the influence of inhaled, ingested, or externally-applied chemicals which can make the act dangerous. Such substances include:
- cocaine metabolite
- heroin metabolite
- Marijuana also counts even if it is legal in Nevada, as long as it is consumed during or 30 minutes before driving
- prescription medicine, especially those with depressants, also count when ingested within 30 minutes of driving