Saving lives means getting tough about DUIs. In an effort to improve safety of those on the road, Nevada has joined the more than 30 states which require ignition interlock devices for first-time DUI offenders. In 2017, Senate Bill 259 passed, requiring anyone arrested with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or above to install an ignition interlock device to maintain their driving privileges. These big changes came into effect on October 1, 2018.
Ignition interlock devices, which are attached to a vehicle’s ignition system, are another tool which can be used to keep intoxicated drivers off the road. Before a driver can start their car, they must breathe into a breathalyzer device. If alcohol is detected on their breath, the car will not start. Additionally, ignition interlock devices are equipped with cameras. This is to make sure that the person who provided the breath is the one driving the vehicle.
According to the CDC, ignition interlocks reduce repeat offenses for driving while intoxicated by about 70% while they are installed.
So, what do you think – do you support Nevada’s new rules for mandatory ignition interlocks for DUI offenders? Do you think this will help to decrease the number of alcohol-related fatalities and injuries? Let us know in the Comments below.
If you’ve taken your TAM® training, you know that a standard serving size for alcoholic beverages refers to 12 ounces of beer with 5% alcohol, 5 ounces of wine with 12% alcohol and 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits, which are 40% alcohol by volume. Knowledge of these standard serving sizes is very important, and can be helpful when you are observing patrons for increasing signs of intoxication. You can estimate how much alcohol they have consumed. However, it has become increasingly common for wine and beer to have a higher than standard amount of alcohol by volume.
As reported by Health 24, it’s not uncommon for many wines to now register at 14-15% alcohol which throws off the standard five ounce serving. While a standard beer may register around 4-5% alcohol, the increasing number of microbrews and premium beers with higher alcohol content are also throwing a wrench into standard serving calculations. Finally, consumers can purchase flavored malt beverages which are packaged in bottles and sold at convenience, grocery and liquor stores across the United States. They can range anywhere from 5-12% alcohol depending on the choice. With all of these variations, it’s easy to see how patrons can easily consume more alcohol than intended. And, as a result, quickly become much more intoxicated.
Knowing this, servers, bartenders and anyone else responsible for service and sale of alcoholic beverages has a very important job on their hands… knowing how to spot an intoxicated guest, and knowing when to intervene or cut them off. As a server, it’s important to make sure that your guests are having an good time, are served exactly what they ordered, and remain respectful of the establishment and others without being over-served. What do bartenders and servers need to know, and how can they use this knowledge to provide responsible beverage service? Here are some tips to keep in mind.
- Read the labels and be knowledgeable about alcohol levels in the products you offer. If you have a bottle of wine or a beer on the menu with high alcohol content, it may be worthwhile to print the alcohol percentage on your menu, or at least be knowledgeable enough to answer guest questions about the alcohol content. A server can also politely mention the higher than average alcohol content to any guests ordering that beverage. A simple, “Here’s your beer. Just so you are aware, this particular bottle has a 10% alcohol level, so this is about double the standard alcohol serving,” would be appropriate.
- When serving and observing guests, don’t just consider a drink’s potency, consider the serving size as well. Even if you are serving a standard 5% alcohol beer to a guest, if they are ordering a 16 ounce pint glass instead of a 12 ounce bottle, then this is still delivering more alcohol than one standard single serving. As always, remain observant.
To learn more about safe beverage service and any warning signs to watch out for in patrons, take our alcohol awareness course and get TAM certified.
The always popular Life is Beautiful festival is coming very soon. We’re offering a special discount code for anyone who needs to get their TAM Card to work at the event. Use promo code BEAUTIFUL for 20% off your alcohol awareness training and TAM Card when you register at the TAM of Nevada website. Don’t delay – only the first 50 people who use this promo code will receive the discount.
Volunteers and employees will descend onto the festival grounds in downtown Las Vegas from September 21-22 to help serve and sell alcoholic beverages. If you’re planning to work at this event, make sure you are prepared. Alcohol awareness cards are required for anyone selling or serving alcoholic beverages for any length of time. That includes special one-time events and festivals like Life is Beautiful… and the TAM® Card is the number one choice of employers in Las Vegas.
To register for a class and get your TAM Card, visit our website today.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is launching their Stay Safe training program to encourage fellow law enforcement agencies and industry workers to adopt procedures for sexual assault prevention. This program was created with input from Las Vegas nightclubs, casinos, and instructors here at TAM of Nevada. Check out this preview video from LVMPD, featuring our very own Aire Youmans from the TAM office.
We’ve included highlights of the Stay Safe training program in our alcohol awareness training. Hospitality professionals are on the front line interacting with guests. That means they can play a part in helping to spot risky interactions. This awareness training teaches workers how to approach different situations, and what to watch for. TAM training already gives these workers the edge in providing excellent customers service and safe beverage service. Stay Safe is a natural extension of that.
Are you interested in learning more about this program? Contact Las Vegas Metro PD for more information.