An impaired driving offense may result in the loss of driving privileges. The length of any license suspension or revocation may vary based on the circumstances of an individual’s case.
Most people need the ability to drive so they can keep their jobs. Driving may also enable them to attend important medical appointments and more. In Nebraska, a defendant may have the option to drive after a driving under the influence offense by installing and using an ignition interlock device.
Qualifying for an IID in Nebraska
According to the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles, a person who faces the loss of their license after a DUI offense may fight that loss at an administrative hearing. If, however, the judge denies the driver’s request to keep their license, the driver may not receive approval to install and use the IID. This reality may force a person into using an ignition interlock device as a safe way to ensure their right to drive.
Starting a vehicle with an IID
An ignition interlock device prevents an engine from starting until a driver provides a breath sample with an alcohol content below 0.03%.
Driving a vehicle with an IID
Car and Driver magazine indicates that drivers must provide additional breath samples during driving trips. Called rolling retests, these tests happen at random times. Drivers cannot plan their routes to ensure their ability to safely pull over. This forces people into taking tests while behind the wheel, causing distracted driving events.
A rolling retest creates manual, visual and cognitive distractions for drivers. This combination of all three types of distractions increases the risk of an accident.