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Nebraska lawmakers look to change "Interlock Law"

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Nebraska lawmakers are looking to reduce the penalty for DUI drivers caught driving without an interlock device.
Many DUI convicts are required to use a dashboard-mounted breath-testing device the device as part of their sentence.

Under current law, if a Nebraska motorist with a DUI conviction is caught driving without a dashboard device, they could be charged with a felony.

Lawmakers gave first-round approval this week to a bill that would reduce that penalty from a felony down to a misdemeanor, as long as the driver hasn't been drinking.

The measure is aimed at drivers in emergency situations, or those who have to get to work in another vehicle when theirs won't start.
Senators in support of the bill say the state shouldn't make felons out of people who are just trying to get to work.


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