Lawmaker Wants Jail Time For Neb. Speeders

Published: Saturday, January 17, 2009 12:46 AM CST
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Putting the pedal to the metal could give Nebraska drivers more than thrills and speeding tickets.

It could land them in jail.

On Friday, state Sen. Heath Mello of Omaha introduced a bill (LB368) to the Legislature that would force drivers convicted of speeding between 100 miles per hour and 120 miles per hour to spend at least a day in jail.

Driving faster than 120 miles per hour and up to 150 miles per hour would result in a jail sentence of at least three days, and over 150 miles per hour would put drivers behind bars for at least five days.

A second conviction would put drivers in the clink for longer: Driving over 120 miles per hour and up to 150 miles per hour, for example, would result in a sentence of at least 10 days.