Do you occasionally text while driving? Even once? Expect police to pull you over.
There are now tougher texting and driving laws taking effect in the state of Nebraska and throughout the country. Most states are tightening current texting while driving laws. While texting while driving is already illegal to do in Nebraska, it was not enforced. That has changed.
Drivers may receive tickets with stiff fines for texting while driving. Prior to this, officers had to pull you over for another violation before issuing a ticket for texting behind the wheel. In school and work zones, drivers will not be able use their phones – not even for making calls or navigating – unless it is an absolute emergency (you may have already seen the signs.) Texting within a school or work zone may result in points on your license.
Most states’ texting and driving laws have important provisions. In some states, the police must record the race and ethnicity of each driver they ticket for texting while driving. Afterward, that information must be provided to the state to determine if the law is being enforced appropriately and evenly. Also, in others, the police must disclose that drivers have a right to decline a search of their cell phone. Know your rights in the state you drive in.
The best advice is as long as the car is moving, put the phone down and don’t use apps for anything while you are driving. Many accidents can also happen when a driver who was texting takes their eyes off the road. We represent those injured by distracted drivers and if you were hurt by someone who wasn’t paying attention to the road, call us for information. Call now at 402-593-2000.