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Legislature Approves Federal Mandates Regarding Phone Restrictions To Commercial Drivers

LINCOLN- A federal mandate which prohibits commercial and passenger drivers from using their cell phones while driving easily passed in the Nebraska Legislature.

Transportation and Telecommunication Chairman Annette Dubas of Fullerton says the main reason for the bill was keeping Nebraska in compliance with federal law, and avoiding losing up to 27 million dollars in governmental funding.

Dubas adds this is certainly an issue of safety for motorists all across the country.

Dubas: "These people are transporting precious cargo when you are talking about young people. We don't want them to be distracted. Of course commercial drivers driving the big semis. Those are big rigs carrying a lot of weight with them."

The measure passed 42-0 Monday on final reading and now heads to Gov. Dave Heineman's desk for his signature.

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