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Nebraska's highway safety laws earn 'danger' rating

Nebraska's highway safety laws earn 'danger' rating

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LINCOLN — Nebraska was one of six states to receive the lowest score for highway safety in the annual Roadmap to State Highway Safety Laws released Tuesday.

The report focuses on 15 key highway safety laws, and Nebraska lacks nine of them, earning the state a “red” — or danger — rating. Among the laws it lacks, Nebraska doesn't have:

» A law restricting all cellphone use while driving. The state bans cellphone use only for those under age 18.

» A seat belt law in which an offense is a primary violation.

» A law requiring booster seats through age 7. The state requires them only until a child turns 6.

“No state has all 15 laws yet,” said Jackie Gillan, president of Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety, which issued the report. “Last year only 10 recommended state highway safety laws were passed compared to 16 in 2011 and 22 in 2010.”

Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety is an alliance of consumer, health and safety groups and insurance companies.

Other states that received red ratings were Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming.

“Every state legislature will be in session this year and governors and state legislators need to make passage of traffic safety laws a priority,” Gillan said.

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