According to a report by The Republic, the Nebraska’s Department of Motor Vehicles feels a new law aimed at drunk drivers should improve roadway safety in the new year. The new state law gives the option for drunk driving offenders to request ignition-based breath sensors in lieu of an administrative hearing to revoke their licenses.
This ignition interlock device is installed on a vehicle’s dashboard and requires drivers to blow into a sensor to start the vehicle; if the driver’s BAC (blood alcohol content) is higher than 0.03, the car or truck will not be able to start. The new law extends the interlock option to first- and second-offense drunk drivers, creating strong incentives for them to accept it, as opposed to challenging their license revocation in court.
The director of the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles feels the new measure will help ensure public safety and will be an effective way to monitor drunk driving offenders. The new law will hopefully lessen alcohol-related crashes; in 2010 alone, 53 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in NE and 790 endured personal injuries. Also, state data shows that there were 13,000 driving under the influence arrests in 2009, indeed showing the prevalence of this issue in the state.
The DMV director stated that research shows ignition interlock devices reduce drunk driving offenses by an astonishing 64 percent. Additional stipulations of the new law include: extending boating-while-intoxicated laws to personal watercraft, and it will now be a crime to refuse a blood, breath, or urine test if the officer has “reasonable suspicion” to believe a person is under the influence while behind the wheel.
These new state measures, including a new law that increases penalties for repeat drunk driving offenders, is an excellent start to reduce the dangers of drunk drivers on the road. However, the laws are unfortunately not foolproof, and Nebraska residents who have had a few drinks may still make the dangerous decision of operating their vehicle and endangering the safety of other motorists. If you have been involved in a car accident that was caused by the negligent actions of another driver, such as driving drunk, the car accident attorneys in Omaha with Cullan & Cullan, LLC can help you obtain compensation for your injuries. For a complimentary consultation, please call (402) 397-7600.