Nebraska Rating: Danger

Nebraska falls dangerously behind in adoption of Advocates’ recommended optimal laws, as reported in the 2019 Roadmap Report.

Highway Safety Laws Needed

  • Primary Enforcement Seat Belt Law (Front & Rear)
  • Booster Seat Law
  • GDL – Minimum Age 16 for Learner’s Permit
  • GDL – Supervised Driving Requirement (Without DE Exemption)
  • GDL – Stronger Nighttime Restriction
  • GDL – Stronger Passenger Restriction
  • GDL – Age 18 for Unrestricted License
  • All-Driver Text Messaging Restriction (Without S)
  • GDL Cell Phone Restriction (Without S)

Current Optimal Highway Safety Laws

  • All-Rider Motorcycle Helmet Law
  • Rear Facing Through Age 2 Law
  • GDL – 6-Month Holding Period
  • IID for All Offenders
  • Child Endangerment Law
  • Open Container Law

*States are credited with having laws only if their laws meet Advocates’ optimal criteria

Hot Now: Graduated Driver Licensing Laws

In 2017, 34 people were killed in crashes involving young drivers in Nebraska.

The current GDL law in Nebraska includes the following components:

  • A three-stage licensing system beginning at age 15 for learner’s permit, age 16 years for the intermediate stage, and age 16 and 6 months for full licensure
  • A mandatory 6 month holding period for the learner’s permit stage
  • A minimum of 50 hours of supervised practice driving during the learner’s permit stage, at least 10 of which must be at night (none required for teens who complete driver education)
  • A prohibition on unsupervised nighttime driving between midnight and 6 a.m. during the intermediate stage (secondary enforcement)
  • A passenger restriction prohibiting more than one passenger younger than age 19 for the first 6 months after licensure (secondary enforcement)
  • A prohibition on non-emergency use of hand-held and hands-free cell phones during the learner’s permit and intermediate stages until age 18 (secondary enforcement)
  • A prohibition on texting while driving for all drivers (secondary enforcement)

These changes are needed to improve Nebraska’s GDL law and meet optimal GDL provisions

  • Require age 16 for entry into the learner’s permit stage
  • Extend all restrictions on teen drivers through age 17
  • Strengthen the passenger restriction to prohibit more than one non-familial passenger under the age of 21 unless a licensed driver over age 21 is in the vehicle, for the entire intermediate stage through age 17
  • Require nighttime driving restrictions for all teen drivers
  • Require cell phone use restrictions for all teen drivers

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