New Cell Phone Law Takes Effect Saturday

By: Samantha Boatman Email
By: Samantha Boatman Email

Starting Saturday, if your phone rings while you're driving, and you answer it, there's a chance you will get pulled over.

In less than 48 hours a Nevada law goes into effect, which makes it illegal to use your handheld phone for any reason while driving.

Some people say they'll feel safer on the roads come Saturday.

"Cellphones are definitely a distraction," says Gayle Ellison who drivers her family around constantly.

She says she's always on alert when it comes to distracted drivers.
Gayle and her family moved to Nevada from California, a state with a similar cell phone law already in place.

"In California, they definitely seem to be less distracted then coming here where they're still texting, even though it's against the law and still driving and talking," says Ellison.

Starting Saturday, Nevada will be added to the list of states where holding your cell phone while driving is illegal. Governor Brian Sandoval says in Nevada, about 3,400 car crashes happen every year because drivers were distracted.

This new law is apart of Governor Sandoval's traffic safety goal.

"It's a goal that recognizes there's only one acceptable number when it comes to safety in regards to our families and safety on Nevada's roads, and that's zero. zero crashes, zero traffic injuries, and zero traffic deaths," says Governor Sandoval.

The Nevada Department of Public Safety says drivers are four times more likely to crash if they're driving and talking on the phone.

"Distracted driving crashes are something we see far too often in law enforcement," says Public Safety Director Chris Perry.

Agencies across the state say they will take this new law very seriously, and pull over anyone they see dialing, texting or talking on a handheld cell phone.

"I think it will deter it a little bit, but i think people are creatures of habit, that they'll continue to do it, they'll just be more sneaky about it," says Beau Crazysnake.

Starting Saturday through December 31st, you will be given a warning if you're pulled over for talking on your phone. Starting January 1st, officers will begin writing tickets, which can carry fines as high as 250 dollars.

A good tip from police, put your phone in the backseat or glove compartment, that way you aren't tempted at all.

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