Today is the first day on the ban on texting while behind the wheel. Sarpy County Sheriff t. Russ Zeeb says they are going to enforce this law just as any other secondary offense. He says they will be looking for signs that the driver is not paying attention to what is happening on the road.
“If you are texting and not paying attention to the wheel, it is easy to veer off. If they cross the line, hit the curb, roll through a stop sign, roll through a red light, whatever that is going to be.”
Lt. Zeeb says the warning is out there that it is now a secondary offense to text while driving.
“I think education and public awareness are chapter one in the book. If they haven’t learned from chapter one, chapter two in the book could be a citation and I think that will be an unfortunate event.”
Lt. Zeeb reminds all with a license that driving is a privilege and these laws are made for your safety and the safety of others.
“I’d rather write a citation to you than go tell your family you have been killed in an automobile accident.”
Lt. Zeeb says a secondary offense is similar to the seat belt law.
“It is like with the seat belt. I can be driving down the road and I approach your vehicle and I look over at you and you are suddenly go “uh-oh”, and you are snapping your seatbelt across. It is going to be the same thing as texting.”
Officers may have a tough time enforcing the law because of the difficulty in determining whether someone is texting or talking on the phone, which is not banned. Fines range from $200 to $500 dollars.