If You’re Behind the Wheel, It’s Against the Law

Published by The Bee News

April 7, 2021

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If You’re Behind the Wheel, It’s Against the Law

Use of any Handheld Electronic Device While Driving is Illegal in Nevada. Between April 10 and April 19, 2021, Nevada’s law enforcement agencies throughout the state will be joining forces and citing distracted drivers. Nevada law clearly states that any use of a handheld electronic device—cell phone, mp3 player, GPS device, etc. — while driving is illegal.

Nevada’s ban on handheld devices while driving went into effect January 1, 2012, and still, law enforcement continues to spot and cite offenders every day. The Governors Highway Safety Association provides the following tips to help limit driving distractions and increase safety:

• Turn it off. Turn your phone off or switch to silent mode before you get in the car.
• Spread the word. Set up a special message to tell callers that you are driving and you’ll get back to them as soon as possible.
• If you need to make a call, find a legal and safe place to pull over and park first
• Use your passengers. Ask a passenger to make the call for you.
• Prepare. Review maps and directions before you start to drive. If you need help when you are on the road, pull over to a safe location to review the directions again.
• Focus on the task at hand. Refrain from smoking, eating, drinking, reading and any other activity that takes your mind and eyes off the road. Taking your eyes off the road for even one second can change your life or someone else’s life forever. The Nevada Highway Patrol urges you to be a safe, distraction-free driver.

The Nevada Department of Public Safety’s- Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) provides funding for law enforcement agencies to participate in Joining Forces to reduce traffic deaths and injuries on Nevada roadways. Visit www.zerofatalitiesnv.com for more information.

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