Nebraska

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RESTRICTIONS ON CELLPHONE USE AND TEXTING
Hand-held ban no
Young drivers all cellphone ban learner's permit and intermediate license holders younger than 18
Texting ban all drivers
Enforcement secondary
MAXIMUM POSTED SPEED LIMITS
Rural interstates (mph) 75
Urban interstates (mph) 65
Other limited access roads (mph) 65
Other roads (mph) 60
YOUNG DRIVER LICENSING SYSTEMS
To get a learners license you must:
Have a minimum age of 151
YOUNG DRIVER LICENSING SYSTEMS
Before getting a license or restricted license you must:
Have a mandatory holding period of 6 months
Have a minimum supervised driving time of 50 hours, 10 of which must be at night (none with driver education)
Have a minimum age of 16
YOUNG DRIVER LICENSING SYSTEMS
Restrictions during intermediate or restricted license stage:
Nighttime restrictions midnight-6 a.m. secondary enforcement
Passenger restrictions

(family members excepted unless otherwise noted)
no more than 1 passenger younger than 19 secondary enforcement
YOUNG DRIVER LICENSING SYSTEMS
Minimum age at which restrictions may be lifted:
Nighttime restrictions 12 months or at age 18, whichever occurs first (min. age: 17)
Passenger restrictions 6 months or age 18, whichever occurs first (min. age: 16, 6 mos.)
REGULAR LICENSING RENEWAL CYCLE
Length of regular renewal cycle 5 years
OLDER DRIVER SPECIAL LICENSING PROVISIONS
Accelerated renewal none
Other provisions people 72 and older may not renew electronically
CHILD RESTRAINTS
Must be in child restraint 5 years and younger
Adult safety belt permissible 6 through 17 years2
Maximum fine 1st offense $253
Seating preference law states no preference for rear seat
Children not covered all children covered
SAFETY BELT USE
Initial effective date 01/01/93
Standard enforcement? no
Who is covered? In what seats? 18+ years in front seat
Maximum fine 1st offense $25
Can nonuse decrease monetary awards for injuries in lawsuits? yes
MOTORCYCLE HELMET USE
Motorcyclists covered all riders
BICYCLE HELMET USE
Covered by state law no law
PICKUP TRUCKS: RESTRICTIONS ON RIDING IN CARGO AREAS
Restrictions on riding in cargo areas yes
Gaps in coverage people age 18 or older; parades
LOW-SPEED VEHICLES
On which roads are low-speed vehicles permitted? roads with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less
What is the top speed permissible for low-speed vehicles? 25 mph
MINITRUCKS
Initial effective date 01/01/11
Where permitted any road except interstate highways, freeways or expressways
Speed restrictions no
Vehicle classification under state law minitruck

1In Nebraska, 14 year-olds who live 1.5 miles or more from school and who either live outside or attend school outside a metropolitan area may be issued a learner’s permit (called an “LPE permit”) and a limited license (called a “school permit”). The LPE permit authorizes supervised driving for the purpose of preparing for the school permit, which allows driving to and from school independently or anyplace else while supervised by a parent or guardian.

2Nebraska's law is secondary for those children who may be in safety belts and standard for those who must be in a child restraint device.

3This state assesses points for violations.