From WOWT-TV news in Omaha:
DUI Penalties Increase Repeat offenders targeted
Repeat drunken drivers will be subject to tougher penalties under a bill passed by Nebraska lawmakers.
The measure passed Friday will increase the maximum penalty for a second-offense DUI from 90 days in jail to up to five years in prison. The higher penalty will only apply if the repeat offender has a blood alcohol content at least twice the legal limit….
To put things in perspective, the same Class IIIA felony 5-year maximum is also imposed in Nebraska for intentional child abuse, sexual assault of a child under the age of 14, and homicide caused by willful reckless driving. These folks are targeting the right drivers — high BAC recidivists — but with the wrong medicine. Just continually increasing the punishment has never worked with severe alcoholics and never will. (See my earlier post, "Punishment vs Treatment in DUI Cases".) This latest wisdom from Nebraska’s politicians brings to mind an oft-repeated definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.