Law enforcement agencies statewide will be joining forces and focusing on distracted drivers from July 22 through August 4, 2019. The Nevada Highway Patrol will be working diligently to urge motorists to keep their eyes on the road and put away cell phones or other items that cause distractions.
With more portable technology now than ever, driver distractions have risen. Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, grooming, talking to people in your vehicle, adjusting a stereo or navigation system – anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.
As of January 1, 2012, it is a crime to physically handle a cell phone or other electronic device while operating a vehicle. It allows for hands-free electronic communication while driving and exceptions include first-responders and emergency personnel while on duty and responding to an incident and for a driver to report a medical emergency, a safety hazard, or criminal activity.
Taking your eyes off the road for even one second can change your life or someone else’s life forever. According to NHTSA, distracted driving claimed 3,166 lives in 2017 alone. The Nevada Highway Patrol urges you to be a safe, distraction-free driver. More information about safe driving and the state’s Zero Fatalities goal is available online at www.ZeroFatalitiesNV.com.
Editor’s Note: Information on Joining Forces or to apply for Joining Forces Grants, see http://ots.nv.gov/Programs/JoiningForces