By Kristen Johnson, Multimedia Journalist/ Weekend Anchor - bio | email
A Nebraska lawmaker has introduced a bill that would give police the authority to pull over motorists who are texting while driving. It's one of two driver safety laws changes to be discussed this session in Lincoln.
The bill introduced Friday by Scottsbluff Senator John Harms would make texting while driving a primary offense.
Current law only allows police to cite drivers who have been stopped for another traffic offense.
Some state senators who represent districts in Siouxland say legislation may not be the answer.
"I think technology's going to take care of that itself. I think we're going to get more voice activated technology where you say something and the telephone or the computer translates it into a text message, " said Paul Schumacher of Columbus.
"I am not a big proponent of telling people what they can and can't do on a regular basis," said Dave Bloomfield of Hoskins.
The other legislation expected to come before the Unicameral would make driving without a seatbelt a primary offense.
Late last month, a 21-year-old was injured in an early morning crash along Sioux City's Business Highway 75...More >>
Late last month, a 21-year-old was injured in an early morning crash along Sioux City's Business Highway 75. Witnesses told police that Paul Mersch was riding his motorcycle when a blue pick-up truck turned in front of him onto 19th Street, hit him and fled the scene.More >>
Download the NEW KTIV Storm Team 4 Weather App for Android and iOS (Apple) phones and tablets for your chance to win a snow thrower from Ariens. Sign up now through January 22nd, 2013 for your chanceMore >>
Get the new "KTIV Storm Team 4" weather app now. You'll enjoy interactive radar with storm tracking tools, video forecasts, severe weather push alerts and much more.More >>
Recent gun violence and the threat of tighter laws put a premium on guns and ammunition...More >>
Recent gun violence and the threat of tighter laws put a premium on guns and ammunition, and although gun control efforts were defeated in Washington, a show in Sioux City Saturday proved the demand has not diminished.More >>
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Kathy Clayton at (712) 239-4100 x209. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.