Year of the DUI in Incline Village

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(Reno, NV)
Tuesday, January 2, 2007

A forty percent jump in DUI arrests is a troubling statistic for Washoe County Sheriff, commander Steven Kelly.  Kelly says DUI intervention needs to happen before drunk drivers are on the road, but that social norms work against him.
How many people are willing to say to their friends, ‘you’ve had too many.  I’m not going to let you out that door.’  It’s one of those things that’s sort of uncomfortable to confront people you know.  But the down side is, if you don’t, you may be going to their funeral or the funeral of somebody else you know because that guy got behind the wheel.
Officer Kelly is now forming a panel of local citizens in an effort to find out how to better keep people out of their cars if they’ve had too much to drink.  Kelly believes  that changing the behavior of citizens can only happen with the support and participation of the entire community, not just the police.

Brian Bahouth KXJZ News.