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What's driving you crazy: Distracted driving

Posted at 7:07 AM, Aug 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-09 16:34:33-04

Texting and driving is a pet peeve for not just drivers on the road, but also officers and like everyone else Omaha Police Lieutenant John Sokolik is seeing pretty frequently. 

"So often I can drive down the west dodge expressway for example and I'll look to my left and right and see the people in the cars next to me fully engrossed in their phones and not paying attention to the road in front of them," he said. "It doesn't take much for an accident to occur." 

Sokolik says he is even seeing while he is on duty. 

"Surprisingly people do it when I'm driving by in a police car, a marked vehicle, they're so engrossed in their phone they don't realize there's a giant billboard that says police on the side of it, going right past them," he said. 

Sokolik is not allowed to ticket people unless they commit a different traffic violation first because texting and driving is a secondary offense in Nebraska. 

Iowa, on the other hand, made texting and driving a primary offense last year and saw a sharp spike in citations.