October 1, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska motorists with a DUI conviction could face a misdemeanor charge instead of a felony if they're caught driving sober without a dashboard-mounted breath-testing device.
Lawmakers gave first-round approval Thursday to a bill that would reduce the penalty for a violation, as long as the driver hasn't been drinking. Many DUI convicts are required to use the devices as part of their sentence.
The measure is aimed at drivers in emergency situations, or who have to get to work in another vehicle when theirs won't start. Supporters say the problem has surfaced in Omaha.
Sen. Russ Karpisek says the bill still allows for a misdemeanor charge, but he doesn't believe the state should make felons out of people who are trying to get to work.