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Local state patrol cracking down on texting while driving

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One issue that is sure to be talked about by the Nebraska Legislative is texting while driving.

Scottsbluff Senator John Harms has always held this issue at great importance and plans to introduce legislature strengthening the laws on texting and driving.   The proposition would make texting while driving a primary offense instead of a secondary one.  

Currently you have to be cited for another offense before you can be ticketed for texting on the road.   State Patrol Captain Mike Gaudreault says it is a concern here in the Panhandle.

"Piece of equipment that's probably changed driving in the last decade the most has been the cell phone.  Not only texting with the cell phone but also talking on the cell phone, it divides our attention away from driving."

Gaudreault also says the State Patrol will have extra patrol out the next few months looking for drivers texting.

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