LINCOLN (NRN) - Legislation has been introduced which would enhance traffic safety laws requiring the use of seat belts, banning texting while driving, and enforcing Nebraska’s graduated driver’s license law.
National Safety Council of Nebraska President Beverly Reicks stated during a news conference at the Capitol today that if passed, the legislation would save lives. The three laws currently are secondary laws. Law enforcement officers cannot pull over a driver simply for not wearing his seat belt or for texting and driving or for any violations of the state graduated driver’s license. Someone can only be charged with violating the laws if pulled over for some other violation. Sen. John Harms of Scottsbluff sponsors the Roadway Safety Act, which would in part strengthen enforcement of the Graduated Driver Licensing law.