TIGHTER SEAT BELT, TEXTING-WHILE-DRIVING LAWS PROPOSED

Safety advocates lined up to support LB671 and LB711 during the Transportation and Telecommunication Committee hearing meeting on Tuesday. LB671, which was introduced by Senator Krist, would make texting and driving a primary offense. This means drivers could be pulled over and ticketed for sending or reading texts or emails while driving. The bill would also require back seat passengers to wear seatbelts and allow for drivers to be pulled over for letting children ride without seatbelts or child seats. LB711, introduced by Senator Baker, also extended seatbelt requirements to back seat passengers. Spike Eickholt, a representative for the Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, cited opposition to Krist’s bill saying that it would be problematic since police would be able to pull you over for simply touching or moving your phone. It would be hard for drivers to show they weren’t violating the law.