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What's driving you crazy: Texting and driving

Posted at 9:25 AM, Jul 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-09 16:44:14-04

When it comes to texting and driving, many drivers are taking notice of increasing danger on the roads. 

"I think people need to just put down their phones and drive," Omaha resident Kyle Hart said. "I do try to honk my horn and let them know, 'I see you doing that.'"

Hart said he has had a couple of accidents with distracted drivers and it has had an effect on him. 

Hart is not the only one doing this, the Omaha Police Department has begun doing something similar. Lieutenant John Sokolik said he will the siren or the air horn on his cruiser to get a driver's attention and tell them to put their phone down.

"Typically, folks comply," he said. 

This is an alternative because texting and driving is not a primary offense in Nebraska, meaning drivers cannot be pulled over just for using a device. 

"I would say be more compassionate, just understand that it's not just us on the road," Sokolik said, "it's everybody and it's people just like myself with children in the car."