Updated: February, 2023Summary of common traffic laws in Nebraska – Speed limits, License Renewals, Learners Permits, Drunk Driving Laws, and more. For more information, visit the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety website.
In Nebraska, the maximum speed limit for cars is 75 mph. The maximum highway speed for trucks is also 75 mph. Speed limits vary by state and, in some cases, county-by-county. Always observe posted traffic laws and drive safely for the weather and road conditions.
Nebraska allows new drivers to get their learners permit at the age of 15. You must have your provisional license for a minimum of 6 months. Drivers can then get their intermediate license at 16. An Intermediate License imposes restricts on when you are allowed to drive and how many passengers are allowed in the car, but allows you to drive yourself without an instructor in the car.
In Nebraska, drivers can obtain their full drivers license at the age of 17.
Nebraska requires you to renew your license every 5 years. There are additional provisions for older drivers:
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The state of Nebraska enforces increased penalties for speeding violations within work zones. These increased penalties are known as Work Zone Enhancements. Workers must be present and there must be signs idicating road work is in progress in order for Work Zone Enhancements to be enforced. In Nebraska, Work Zone Enhacements are:
The legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is 0.08%. States often enforce more strict mandatory penalties for drivers above a certain BAC. In Nebraska, driving with a BAC above 0.15% will trigger automatic enhanced minimum penalties.
Cellphones and other handheld devices are banned while driving in most states. In Nebraska, hand-held devices such as phones and mp3 player are banned to novice drivers only. Hands-free interaction with cellphones is allowed.
Texting while driving is banned in Nebraska. Texting while driving is a primary offense, meaning that the law can only be enforced if you were pulled over for another reason such as speeding or reckless driving. In Nebraska, distracted driving is listed as a category on police crash report forms.
Nebraska requires seabelt use. Seatbelt enforcement is concidered secondary, which means you cannot be pulled over for violating a seatbelt law. The fine for a seatbelt law violation in Nebraska is $25.00. Seatbelt laws very by state. Many states require passengers to wear seatbelts as well.