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NHP targeting people on handheld devices


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Between now and April 20, Nevada Highway Patrol troopers will be cracking down on distracted drivers throughout the state.

Any use of a handheld electronic device — cell phone, mp3 player, GPS device, etc. — while driving is illegal and offenders will be pulled over and cited.

Nevada’s ban on handheld devices while driving went into effect Jan. 1, 2012, and two years into the law, law enforcement continues to spot and cite offenders every day.

Officers say the likelihood of crashes dramatically rise when your actions require a combination of visual, manual and cognitive attention.

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  1. KATHY says - Posted: April 2, 2014

    Yeah , I was sitting at a light that turned green, and the lady that was driving the VW was on the phone and chatting away,she did not move until the light turned red,I got out of my car and knocked on the window ,told her get off the phone ,she gave me the finger ,and took off ,Now where were the cops then ?As stated you can not get on your phone , so what the hell if I did to call the police ,what would I do get a ticket for using my phone ?Karma ,yes she went though the red light lol PEOPLE SURE OUR FUNNY ,get off the phone please ,,,,,,

  2. Old Long Skiis says - Posted: April 3, 2014

    Kathy, Cell phones are just one of my many pet peeves. I find them irritating, distracting and ADDICTIVE!
    I don’t own one but it seems as everyone else does and they’re ALWAYS on them. They are definetly a distraction while driving making the hand held device user someone you don’t want behind the wheel.
    I’m glad the NHP is doing a crackdown. They did the same thing in California but I’ve yet to hear of one person I know who received a ticket for talking on there cell while driving.
    What did people do before these annoying devices came on the scene? Oh, you mean people actually used a phone at home? Or actually met someone in person and had a one on one conversation? Oh, how old fashion! Lets just text, e mail, twitter, talk on our cell phones, get on Facebook for hours at a time… the less human interaction the better, right?
    Am I stuck in my ways? Dammn right! Y’all go ahead with your hand held gizmos…I’ll get along just fine. Thank you very much, Old Long Skiis

  3. Tempus says - Posted: April 3, 2014

    Oh yeah, I can drive around with a flame in my hand all I want, even light it again while I’m driving, but I can’t look at my gps to see where I’m going….it’s revenue generation, nothing else…

  4. hmmm... says - Posted: April 3, 2014

    The woman behind me on highway 50 at Keys Boulevard with a cigarette AND phone in the same hand got my attention yesterday. Part of me was vindictively hoping she would have dropped the phone onto the roadway when she was flicking the ashes out the window!

  5. Hikerchick says - Posted: April 3, 2014

    It makes my blood run cold to think of some idiot distracted by texting or looking something up on a smart phone could kill someone in my family or any other family.

  6. go figure says - Posted: April 3, 2014

    Cell phones are a real problem. I think the consequences for distractive driving should be severe because of the potential for causing harm are high. It should be treated like DUI, three strikes and you loose your liscense for good. Then the perp can use their phone to call a cab. Put the stoopid phones in the trunk if the temptation is too great.