Nebraska among 13 states earning poor grades for highway safety laws

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- It's a report card that Nebraska may want to hide from mom and dad.

Today, a highway safety advocacy group gives the state an F for its road laws, but the group says state legislators could quickly turn that around.

At a Monday press conference in Washington D.C., bad highway safety grades for 13 states, including Nebraska.

Cathy Chase, the president of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, said, “Unfortunately, Nebraska is one of the weakest states in the country with a red ranking.”

Chase’s group scores states on their road safety policies.
The group calls for 16 essential laws in each state, and many are based around seat belts, distracted driving, and driving under the influence.

Dr. Georges Benjamin, the executive director of the American Public Health Association said, “It’s perplexing to those of us to not understand why that whole map is not green.”

Only six states, plus the District of Columbia are being given a green rating.
Rhode Island is doing the best on the score card, while South Dakota is ranked as the worst.

Chase said, “I think motorists should take heed of this report, but not be compelled to restrain any trips that they want to take.”

For Nebraska, the Advocates group says the state could move off the red ranking list by passing a bill which, in part, would upgrade seat belt and texting and driving laws.

State legislators are expected to look at that bill this week.

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