OMAHA (KPTM) - An ankle bracelet, interlock device, two DUI convictions displayed on the driver's license, multiple driving safety courses to take and so far, more than $4,000 in fines and court costs. These are the consequences 21-year-old Christian Cain is paying for driving under the influence.
Both times Cain was cited for a DUI, he was pulled over for unrelated alcohol traffic offenses. He humbly took full responsibility Thursday when he told FOX 42 that getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol was not safe or smart.
He admitted that the punishment was a lot of responsibility, but said he would not be opposed to having a license plate that specified he had DUI offenses on his record. His main reason was because police can run his record anytime anyway and he is already monitored with devices. So tacking on another one, he said, would make no difference for him.
Ohio already enforces this law. Lawmakers in Nebraska have not considered this an option. In fact, many state legislatures do not agree with or support it. Both Ernie Chambers and Bob Krist said specialized DUI plates was unnecessary public humiliation and lacked evidence that it would discourage people from driving drunk
Chambers added that he felt license plates should not be used to advertisement a person's wrongdoing. He told FOX 42 that a license plates' sole purpose was to help law enforcement identify a driver.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2011, 57 percent of drivers in Nebraska who were involved in deadly car crashes had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .15 or more. In Nebraska it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08% of higher.
The Nebraska Department of Roads reported that in 2012, there were 212 deaths from alcohol related crashes and more than 9,000 DUI convictions.