- Douglas County officials will launch a pilot program this fall that will require repeat drunken-driving offenders to take twice-daily blood alcohol tests. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning says officials are modeling the 24/7 Sobriety Program in South Dakota.
- The Governor signed LB 667, revising the state’s DUI laws and, most notably, the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) system. The original ALR language was proposed by NPAMC, in collaboration with Omaha City Prosecutor Marty Conboy. Under the new law, a DUI arrestee who obtains an interlock license during his or her administrative license suspension period is given day for day credit against any license revocation period imposed upon conviction.
- The Nebraska Office of Highway Safety provided MADD Nebraska with a new grant to expand DUI court monitoring in 22 priority counties. Program volunteers attend court and collect statistics in an effort to identify problems and improve prosecution. For more information, contact Sara Magnus at (402) 434-5330.
- Nebraska passed a law requiring interlocks for first DUI offenders who refuse to provide breath samples.
- The State of Nebraska Administrative Office of the Courts (Division of Probation Services) in coordination with the Nebraska Community Corrections Counsel has reauthorized funding for Continuous Alcohol Monitoring (CAM) for fiscal year 2009-2010. The objective is to provide a meaningful period of abstinence that would promote behavioral change. Ideally, the technology would be ordered in conjunction with a substance abuse evaluation and/or some form of treatment.