Texting Law – courtesy of AAA

July 1, 2010 at 12:56 pm 1 comment

TEXTING BAN BEGINS JULY 15

Thanks in part to a national campaign sponsored by AAA, the act of sending, receiving or reading electronic text messages while driving will become illegal in Nebraska effective Thursday, July 15, 2010.

Nebraska joins 28 other states in enacting this legislation, which prohibits behind-the-wheel texting via cell phones, laptop computers plus a host of other wireless communication devices. Certain emergency personnel and situations will be exempt.

The Penalties for Texting
Under Nebraska law, texting while driving will be classified as a secondary offense, which means you can only be stopped and ticketed when committing another citable traffic offense. Violators will incur 3 points on their driving record and face a fine of $200 for a first offense; $300 for a second offense; and $500 for any subsequent offenses.

Ban Backed by Public
This welcome reform stems from a groundswell of public support – punctuated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s findings attributing nearly 6,000 deaths and 500,000 injuries in 2008 to distracted driving habits – such as texting.

Additional findings have shown that individuals who text while driving are more than 20 times more likely to be involved in a crash than non-distracted drivers. Nebraska’s new anti-texting law will help reduce this dangerous behavior and lead to safer roadways.

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