Law Enforcement Cracks Down on Dangerous Drivers

By: Jennifer Hardy Email
By: Jennifer Hardy Email

Here is the law, in part, as it pertains to using mobile devices while driving:

1.  Except as otherwise provided in this section, a person shall not, while operating a motor vehicle on a highway in this State:

      (a) Manually type or enter text into a cellular telephone or other handheld wireless communications device, or send or read data using any such device to access or search the Internet or to engage in nonvoice communications with another person, including, without limitation, texting, electronic messaging and instant messaging.

      (b) Use a cellular telephone or other handheld wireless communications device to engage in voice communications with another person, unless the device is used with an accessory which allows the person to communicate without using his or her hands, other than to activate, deactivate or initiate a feature or function on the device.

WASHOE COUNTY, Nev. – Local law enforcement officers are cracking down on traffic violations at local intersections.

Sparks Police, Reno Police, Nevada Highway Patrol and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office are holding an enforcement campaign during the month of April.

Sparks police tell KOLO 8 News Now the most common violations are Red Light and Duty to Decrease Speed.

In addition, police say there are continued violations of the cell phone law, with people talking and texting while operating their vehicle.

Police want to remind all drivers if you have a cell phone in your hand and are talking, texting, or accessing information, you are in violation. Even if you are at a stoplight, the law still considers that “operating a vehicle”.

As a reminder, police say total fines for Red Light and Duty to Decrease your Speed are $150 and $112 for violating the cell phone law. This does not include the points that may be added to your drivers license and possible impact to your insurance fees.
Drivers are encouraged by law enforcement to drive the speed limit, slow down on yellow lights, stop on red lights, and use their handheld communication devices only when they are safely parked off the road.

Funding for this enforcement is provided by the Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety.

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