Scottsbluff Police Department are taking part in a four-day, high-visibility national highway traffic safety enforcement effort called U Drive. U Text. U Pay.
Beginning Thursday, you’ll see increased law enforcement efforts made possible through a grant through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with additional officers looking for anyone texting and driving.
Sgt. Phil Eckerberg tells KNEB News it’s not a violation that has been very common in our area, but there have been instances where such tickets have been written. “I’m aware of a couple of traffic accidents where we’ve issued a citation for the traffic violation that caused the accident, and the person was texting at the time.”
In Nebraska, texting while driving is a secondary offense, meaning drivers have to be pulled over for other violations before such a ticket can be written.
Eckerberg tells us officers on the special enforcement will be looking for those types of violations, such as expired registrations or erratic driving as a means to be checking for those who may be using their smartphones while in the drivers’ seat.