A new drunk driving law has gone into effect.
Gov. Dave Heineman says the new law is simple, if convicted of drunk driving, agree to have an ignition interlock device installed in your car and skip the administrative license revocation hearing.
“Choosing an ignition interlock device is the difference between keeping one’s ability to drive to specified locations or losing your privilege to drive until your court sentencing date,” according to Heineman.
Heineman says the law just makes sense.
“Ignition interlocks save lives and prevent alcohol impaired driving, resulting in increased public safety for all motorists, including the driver,” the governor says.
The new law took effect Sunday.
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 DMV reports it normally conducts 6,000 administrative license revocation hearings a year. It expects the law to cut that figure dramatically.