Nebraska lawmakers hope to tighten seat belt and distracted driving laws

Nebraska is one of a few states in the country that doesn’t allow police to pull drivers over for texting and driving, or for not wearing a seat belt. Bills to change those laws haven’t gone in years past.

“We like to not force people to do things and it’s the independence that we have here by Nebraskans and I respect that,” says Sen. Robert Hilkemann.

State senator Robert Hilkemann has proposed two bills. The first makes it a primary offense to text and drive. The second makes it a primary offense if any passenger in the vehicle isn’t buckled up.