January 29, 2015
If passed, a state bill, would require anyone arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence to remain in custody 12 hours before being able to be bailed out. A proponent of the bill says people are being released from jail before they're sober.
Here in Washoe County, officials say no one is bailed out until their blood-alcohol level has dropped to the legal limit, or if they have a ride from a sober person.
The Sheriff's Office also says if people arrested for DUI stay in jail longer, they'll have to be moved to housing cells and extra beds are already sometimes needed.
The Sheriff's Office also says, if the 12 hour proposal becomes law, clothing and other supplies will have to be provided for more people.
A sponsor of the bill says it's loosely modeled on a 12 hour holding requirement for people accused of domestic violence.