Sandoval OKs Ban on Cellphones While Driving in Nevada

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Talking or texting on a cellphone will soon be illegal in Nevada.

Gov. Brian Sandoval on Friday signed a ban into law that brings Nevada in line with the majority of other U.S. states. It makes exceptions for people talking on their phone with a hands-free device.

Police officers until next year must give warnings to people violating the ban. A fine and penalty structure kicks in Jan. 1, 2012.

Violating the law is a misdemeanor and subject to a $50 fine for the first offense. A second offense within seven years comes with a $100 fine and a third offense gets a $250 fine.

A person convicted of a third or subsequent offense within seven
years will have their driver's license suspended for six months.