Red Card! Driver ticketed for watching soccer match … as he drove

Updated Apr 17, 2015
Nebraska State Patrol photo of how a driver watched a soccer match as he drove

The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) posted this on its Facebook page today:

“Trooper- ‘Driver, what are you doing?’

“Driver- ‘Watching a soccer game.'”

That was the conversation between on Wednesday, April 15, between an NSP Carrier Enforcement Trooper and the driver of a semi-truck during a routine stop at the eastbound scale on I-80 near Waverly.

The trooper noticed the semi-driver was wearing earbuds. When the trooper climbed up on the step of the truck to talk with the driver, he found a cell phone taped to the steering wheel. When he asked the driver why the phone was there? The driver replied he was watching a soccer game.

The 24-year-old semi driver from Arizona was issued a $200 dollar fine for 1st Offense Driving a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) While Using a Wireless Device. The citation qualifies as a serious offense on a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Two convictions of a serious offense results in a disqualification of the driver’s CDL for at least 60 days.