RENO, NV - NHP says the behavior is more of how to avoid getting caught talking on the cell phone or texting while driving.
“Troopers tell me after they have made their traffic stop, the person says I wasn't on the phone. The phone is on the backseat. So they've thrown their phone in the back seat in an attempt to get out of a citation,” says Trooper Chuck Allen with NHP.
Other methods he says include tinting windows and texting inconspicuously at a stop light.
Trooper Allen says since the law went into effect 640 citations have been issued, and 110 warnings given to drivers who are using their cell phones while driving here in Northern Nevada.
That doesn't sound like much, but Allen says he believes it’s just the tip of the iceberg as often times troopers cannot safely pull a driver over who is using his cell phone.
“Its going to have to be a culture shift--look at the DUI law and seat belt law I mean it took several decades for people to truly get the message,” says Trooper Allen.
While it took some time we were still able to capture people talking on the phone while driving.
Drivers we talked to say either they have noticed a change---or they've changed themselves when it comes to the practice.
“My New Year's resolution this year is to not have to pay for any tickets, speeding, click it or ticket it or talking on the cell phone,” says Hana Freeman a local driver.
“I bought a hands free speaker at Costco. I love it, I use it all the time it is great,” says Jana Pisane, another local driver.
Trooper Allen says the citations could have an effect on behavior,
Their documentation will start showing up in courts next month.
And when troopers pull drivers over for texting or making a cell phone call while driving those violations will start to appear when they call in the license.
Demerits and fines will start to add up for those who don’t want to follow the law.