NV Drivers Still Texting & Talking

RENO, NV - Travel down the roads here in Reno, its not easy to spot people talking on their phone and driving.

But if you look closely you can find them.

Particularly at intersections during a red light.

Even at a red light it is illegal to look, talk, or text on your phone under Nevada law.

Drivers we talked to say the problem doesn't stop here.

“I see people talking and using their phones all the time. We just took a trip to San Francisco and amazed at how many people are on their phones, and texting and checking the news and swerving into other lanes,” says Lori Short, a Reno resident.

“I'm guilty of one. But since I've had my baby I've stopped. So I still see it and it bugs me a little bit because of accidents, babies, innocents,” say Anita Irwin.

N.H.P alone says its issued 4500 tickets statewide to drivers who are illegally talking or texting on their cell phones.

Those numbers do not reflect the number of citations issued by local agencies like Reno or Sparks police and Washoe County Sheriff's Office.

Reno Justice Court says so far they've adjudicated more than 1900 illegal use of cell phone cases.

Two of those cases were a third time offense.

And that number does not reflect tickets handled in outlying areas like Incline and Wadsworth, nor does it include the number of illegal use of phone citations handled by Reno Municipal Court.

The Nevada Highway Patrol reports a total of 7 traffic fatalities last year attributed to distracted drivers.


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