Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies are on the lookout for drivers who aren’t paying attention to the road…
The Carson City Sheriff’s Office will be joining forces with other Nevada Law Enforcement Agencies from January 15th through January 25th to be on the lookout for distracted drivers.
Nevada law prohibits talking on a cell phone while driving. The law also prohibits texting while driving. It’s pretty specific. If a person is caught texting while driving or talking on the phone while driving, they may face an expensive traffic ticket.
Can you text and drive in Nevada? NO. Are there exceptions? YES:
- Emergency personnel ( performing their duties)
- Public Employees (performing their duties)
- Federal Communications Commission (conducting emergency drills)
- A citizen reporting and emergency
Texting aside, there are many types of distractions to drivers other than cell phone use, such as, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, reading, putting on makeup or combing your hair, using a navigation device or reading a map, watching videos, changing your radio station, playing with your dogs, cats or birds. (Yes, birds, you know who you are)
It is all of our responsibility to drive responsible and watch out for others. Even if it is not specifically listed in the statute as unlawful, distracted driving is dangerous and could lead to a crash.
The Carson City Sheriff’s Office remains dedicated to bringing the number of fatalities on our roadways to zero through increasing public awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. More information about safe driving and the state’s Zero Fatalities goal is available online at www.ZeroFatalitiesNV.com