Heineman not ready to commit to Harms' Road Safety Act

Governor Dave Heineman is stopping short of placing his support toward Scottsbluff Senator John Harms' Road Safety Act.

Passage of the bill would move seat belt use, a ban on texting, and the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) law that restricts driving opportunities for novice drivers from secondary enforcement status to primary enforcement.

Heineman told KNEB News he is not sure establishing laws that require people to do what they should do on their own is the right thing to do.

Law enforcement agencies are supportive of Harms' bill because officers have a difficult time stopping motorists for the infractions as a secondary offense. Harms' bill had a hearing before the Legislature's Transportation Committee and he admits only a portion of the bill may move out of the committee for debate.

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