Ignition Interlock Bill Advanced

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

A bill that would reduce penalties for violating ignition interlock device restrictions is one step closer to becoming a law.

LB 998 would downgrade the penalty for when a driver who is supposed to only drive a car equipped with an interlock device-- drives another car instead.

Ignition interlock devices stop cars from starting if the driver has a BAC of .03 or higher.

Under LB 998 the penalty would be reduced from a Class IV felony to a Class I misdemeanor, meaning the maximum penalty goes from five years to one year locked up.

The bill is being prepared for a final reading, when senators will put it to a final vote.

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