A new year ushers in a new drunk driving law.
Gov. Dave Heineman says the legislature approved a bill that will streamline the process for law enforcement, the Department of Motor Vehicle and those convicted of drunk driving.
Under the new law, driving-under-the-influence offenders can either go through an administrative license revocation hearing at the DMV or agree to have an ignition interlock device installed in the car. The driver will have to blow into a sensor. Any reading above 0.03 breath alcohol concentrations will prevent the car from starting.
“The goal of Nebraska’s new ALR program is offer an obvious choice to DUI offenders: no interlock, no keys. It’s that simple,” says State Department of Motor Vehicle Director Beverly Neth.
The DMV reports it normally conducts 6,000 administrative license revocation hearings a year. It expects the law to cut that figure dramatically.
Speaker of the Legislature, Mike Flood of Norfolk, says the legislature attempted to crack down on drunk driving in the 1990s through revocations of as much as 15 years. It found that didn’t work in rural areas of the state without public transportation. Flood says the new law will crack down on drunk driving while insuring that offenders will still be able to drive to their jobs.