On New Year’s Day, driving while talking on a hand-held cell phone became illegal in the state of Nevada. If you are a driver in Las Vegas, you better think twice before picking up that cell phone while on the road. Las Vegas police and the Nevada Highway Patrol are taking this law extremely seriously. According to a KTNV news report, officials have already issued numerous citations to violators. KTNV’s cameras followed NHP troopers on New Year’s Day as they actively pulled over drivers who didn’t bother paying attention to the new law. Officials are basically looking for drivers whose eyes are not on the road or whose hands are not on the wheel. Motorists in Nevada face a $50 fine for a first offense, $100 for a second, and $250 for a third.
The cell phone ban to prevent distracted driving has been a long time coming in Nevada. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 5,474 fatalities and 448,000 injuries were reported in 2009 nationwide car accident statistics as a result of distracted driving. Also, 16 percent of all fatal crashes and 20 percent of injury accidents in the United States in 2009 have been attributed to distracted driving.
Any time a driver takes his or her eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or attention off the roadway, it is considered distracted driving. This can include talking on the cell phone, texting, applying makeup, eating or drinking, or fiddling with the GPS, CD player, or temperature controls. Even a moment of inattention can result in a tragic car accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Las Vegas car accident caused by a distracted driver, please remember that you have rights. Injured victims of negligent drivers can seek compensation to cover damages such as medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. The experienced lawyers at Shook & Stone are always happy to offer injured victims and their families more information about their legal rights and options. Please contact our office at 702-570-0000 for a no-cost consultation.