Nebraska Lawmakers hear testimony for, against texting and driving legislation

Nebraska is one of four states with no primary texting law, meaning law enforcement here can’t pull you over for texting while driving. Monday afternoon, the Legislature’s transportation committee heard a bill that would change that.

As it stands now, officers need another reason — like headlights out or swerving — and only then can you be ticketed for texting and driving.

“Distracted driving with cellphones is of epidemic proportions,” said Fred Zwonechek, retired from the Office of Highway Safety. “Education alone will never solve this issue.”

Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner told the committee the public wants better law enforcement on the issue.