If you get caught running a stop sign or red light in Nebraska, you’ll typically be looking at a fine and points on your driving record. This article gives an overview of what the law prohibits and some of the specific consequences of a stop sign or red light violation.
(Also, read about the different ways of dealing with a traffic citation.)
At a red light (solid or flashing) or a stop sign, motorists must come to a complete stop prior to the nearest of reaching a limit line, entering the crosswalk at the near side of the intersection, or entering the intersection itself.
Nebraska law allows motorists to make a right turn after stopping at a red light unless there’s a sign indicating the turn is prohibited. Drivers must use caution and follow right-of-way rules when making a right on red.
In Nebraska, a motorist can make a left turn after stopping at a red light only from a one-way street onto another one-way street. Of course, motorists need to follow the normal right-of-way rules and proceed with caution when making the turn.
In Nebraska, a yellow light is a warning that the signal is about to turn red. Motorists must stop at a yellow light unless they are so close to the intersection that a stop can’t be safely made.
Generally, stop sign and red light violations are traffic infractions in Nebraska. Convicted motorists are typically looking at a $75 fine plus $49 in fees.
A stop sign or red light conviction will generally add one demerit point to a motorist’s driving record. Accumulating too many points can lead to license suspension. But eligible motorists can reduce their points by taking a driver improvement course.
Depending on the circumstances, a red light or stop sign violation could also lead to a reckless driving conviction. And if one these offenses result in the death of another person, vehicular homicide charges are also a possibility.