There have been several recent high profile driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs that resulted in fatality accidents in the Omaha metro area. One happened just last week when a motorcyclist was killed at 140th and West Center. For the suspect, 59-year old Kevin Malone, this is his fourth DUI charge and he was driving on a suspended license. Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine says there are dozens of similar cases on the books.
Kleine says, “Right now we have between 110 and 125 felony DUI cases, 3rd offense aggravated or more and then we have 7 motor vehicle homicides that are pending. The Legislature this last session lowered penalties on class 3, 3-A’s and 4 penalties. The class 3-A felony only carries three years.”
Kleine says most of these drivers have been given probation and have had multiple chances to turn their life around but chose not to. He says every effort is made to keep repeat impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel but for some the lesson can’t be learned until it is too late.
Many times a judge revokes a license and requires an interlock system but Kleine says that doesn’t stop people from driving other vehicles without the system.