Texting while driving ban goes into effect Thursday

The Nebraska Sheriff's Association and other groups are raising awareness of Nebraska's new ban on texting while driving. The National Safety Council, AAA Motor Club and others have partnered with AT&T to highlight the dangers of texting and driving, especially by young drivers.

The ban will take effect on Thursday. It makes texting while driving a so-called secondary offense, much like the state's seat-belt law. Drivers will have to be pulled over for primary offenses, such as speeding, before being ticketed for texting.

Under a 2007 law, teenagers with provisional operating permits already were barred from texting while driving. It is a secondary offense under that law, too.