A state senator wants Nebraska to study its drunk-driving laws.
Senator Burke Harr of Omaha told the Judiciary Committee a thorough review of laws against driving while drunk is overdue.
“There have been 129 changes to statutes based on DUI and that does not even include interpretations from the Supreme Court on the changes in those statutes,” Harr told the committee. “So, there’s a problem with consistency and how do we know what is working and what is not working? There weren’t really any studies done.”
The last DUI study occurred in 2001. Harr stated a thorough study of DUI statutes could disclose the strengths and weaknesses of Nebraska law.
“One area I found that we are deficient and I don’t have an answer for it is the individual who is not a chronic drunk, who is not an outlaw, but a functioning member of society who on a regular basis does not drink or drive,” according to Harr. “How do we address that person? The classic example being the father at his daughter’s wedding.”
Harr said the state needs to determine what needs to be done to keep drunks from getting behind the wheel.
Doug Kennedy, KWBE, contributed to this report.