Supporters Speak Out on Bill to Ban Texting and Driving

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Lincoln, Neb.-- In a packed hearing room Tuesday afternoon, Sen. John Harms introduced his signature bill to protect drivers.

One part of the bill is to ban texting and driving in the state. Currently this is a secondary offense meaning drivers have to get pulled over for something else like speeding before getting ticketed for texting.

The bill pushes it up to a primary offense and makes the punishment, a $200 ticket on your first offense.

There were a large group of supporters at the hearing on Tuesday afternoon. One of them was a father who lost his 16-year-old daughter in 2007 when the other driver was texting.

"She simply entered the intersection at 49 miles per hour as if it wasn't there and she t-boned my daughter's car," said Rob Reynolds.

10/11 tried to speak with those against the bill at the hearing however we could not find any.

Previously, 10/11 did speak with some law enforcement officials in the past who say this kind of bill would be tough to regulate and that was on the mind of some senators as they were questioning those who were testifying for the bill.

This bill is packed full of driving safety laws, most of them require many secondary offenses into primary like putting your seatbelt on while driving and banning school bus drivers from being on their cell phones with the exception of emergencies.