Nebraska residents can take solace in the fact that awareness campaigns aimed at informing teens of the dangers of texting while driving are producing results. However, evidence suggests parents and authority figures need to do more to ensure that the teens in their care understand how important it is to keep their eyes on the road at all times.
Nebraska readers might be interested in some distracted driving statistics that have been highlighted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On an average day in the U.S., for example, nine people are killed and more than 1,150 injured in car accidents involving a distracted driver, according to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Police officers with the Superior Police Department reported that an accident that occurred on Oct. 19 sent seven people to the hospital with injuries. According to authorities, the accident happened on the Webber Blacktop road on the south side of Superior around 12:30 p.m.
A Nebraska woman pleaded guilty to charges of misdemeanor vehicular homicide and misdemeanor misuse of a learner's permit in Pawnee County District Court on July 7. The woman hit a horse-drawn buggy in July 2013 and will face sentencing in the future.