drivers would face stiffer penalties under legislation introduced in the
Nebraska Legislature Jan. 7.
Sen. Tom Baker of Lincoln introduced a measure to increase speeding fines and
penalty points assessed against a driver’s license for each violation.
the bill, three tickets for traveling 10 mph above the posted speed would be
enough to cost drivers their licenses.
penalty for driving 1-5 mph over the speed limit would net violators a $25
fine, up from $10. Driving 6-10 mph over the limit would cost speeders $50, up
from $25. Violations of 11-15 mph over the limit would be $100, up from $75.
Driving in excess of 16-20 mph over the limit would net offenders a $150 fine,
up from $125. Speeding in excess of 21 mph over the limit would still cost
bill – LB156 – assesses penalty points as such: 2 points for driving 1-5 mph
over the limit, up from 1 point; 3 points for driving 6-10 mph over the limit,
up from 2 points; and 4 points for driving 10 mph or more over the limit, up
from 3 points.
told the Omaha World-Herald increasing driver safety is his primary
Zwonechek, director of Nebraska’s Office of Highway Safety, said speeding often
is not even mentioned when people talk about ways to reduce traffic accidents
said officials nationwide are encouraging the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration to focus more on speeding.
the focus on alcohol and occupant restraints, what’s getting left behind here
is the speeding,” Zwonechek told the newspaper. “States are seeing increases in
fatal collisions where speeds are a factor.”
said speeding is a factor in up to 25 percent of traffic fatalities in
said he introduced a bill to increase speeding penalties last year for
discussion purposes. This time, he expects the measure to pass.
think the public’s fed up with speeders,” he said. “It’s time to slow ’em