Driving in Nebraska is a necessity. In a state, known for its rural towns and farming, getting around by public transportation is challenging outside of the more urban areas of Lincoln and Omaha. This is why it was so important for Nebraska to commit resources to stop distracted driving. Driving is a privilege, we have to be responsible not only for ourselves, but also for our passengers and other drivers on the road. Remember that your number one responsibility is to drive safely! When it comes to The Corn Husker State, the following driving laws apply:
Phone Calls While Driving
It is always best to not take a call while you are driving. 40% of all distracted driving is caused by accepting phone calls according to NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If you must make a phone call while you are in the car it is best to use a hands free device or accessory, such as a Bluetooth earpiece, or your car stereo integration with your cell phone. Note: taking phone calls hands free can still be distracting, so use caution. According to the National Safety Council of Nebraska, the only statewide law regarding cell phone use bans novice drivers from accessing a cell phone while driving.
Nebraska laws ban all drivers from texting while driving. Driving includes operating a vehicle with the motor running, and while temporarily stationary because of traffic, a traffic control device(such as a stoplight), or other momentary delays. Texting means manually entering alphanumeric text into, or reading text from, an electronic device. Fines range form $200-$500 and three points against a driver’s license
It’s important to do your part to increase driving safety and reduce distracted driving. Check out these sites for additional tips, facts and stories:
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