- Associated Press - Thursday, January 22, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A national advocacy group has ranked Nebraska and Iowa among the nation’s worst in enacting safer driving laws.

The Washington, D.C.-based Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety group released its annual report Thursday rating each state based on their laws meant to increase safety. Nebraska and Iowa are among nine states to receive the lowest rating.

The group has identified 15 laws it believes ensure safe driving. Both states have just five of the laws on the list.

Jacqueline Gillan, the group’s president, says these states’ secondary offense laws, such as texting while driving and not wearing a seatbelt, allow unsafe behavior.

Fred Zwonechek, Nebraska Office of Highway Safety administrator, tells the Omaha World-Herald (https://bit.ly/1uobDOh ) the low rating doesn’t mean the state isn’t a safe place for drivers.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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