Distracted driving is a leading cause of crashes and injury to both drivers and pedestrians. The Carson City Sheriffs Office is working together with other Nevada law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for distracted drivers.
Nevada Revised Statute 484B.165 is the law that prohibits drivers from using cell phones while driving.
Simply put, you cannot:
Engage in non-voice communications on a cell phone or hand held device.
Engage in voice communications (unless you can do it without using your hands)
There are a few exceptions such as:
Public Safety Officers acting within the course and scope of their employment
Any person reporting an emergency, criminal activity or safety hazard or asking for help in a situation requiring immediate assistance or public utility personnel responding to an emergency.
Fines can be:
First offense within 7 years = $50.
Second offense within 7 years = $100.
Third or subsequent offense within 7 years = $250.
Plus, you could face a double fine if caught in certain areas like pedestrian safety zones, school zones or construction zones.
Put your phone down and pay attention to the road, other drivers and pedestrians. Talk hands free if you must, but wait till you arrive safely before you text and tweet.
By keeping these tips in mind you can reduce your chances of being involved in a crash, reduce your chances of a traffic citation and help to keep our roadways safe through these winter months.
Tentatively OK’d: 203 home subdivision off Mountain and Long on Carson City’s west side.
The 45 acres that are left of the old Anderson Ranch west of Mountain Street will soon stop growing tumbleweeds and start growing very expensive, tightly packed-together homes on very small lots – much to the disappointment of many nearby neighbors. Thursday night the Carson City Board of Supervisors, on a 4 to 1 vote, approved a 203 home subdivision on the property because the Supervisors said that the city’s land use ordinances allow such a project to be built there.
Neighbors like Maxine Nietz decried the decision pointing out that the new subdivision will change the character of their traditional, if not historical neighborhood into something resembling Los Angeles urban sprawl. Since Carson City’s land use regulations allows such a project, it opens the door to a similar decision if any builder wanted to construct another tightly-packed subdivision somewhere else on the west side.
None-the-less, more home construction was supported by others who said Carson City’s housing market is financially straining many families and that the city knows that building homes, condos and apartments could help moderate housing prices.
Meanwhile many long-time Carson City residents lament what they call “an erosion of Carson City’s trademark small town historical ambiance.” Several Supervisors noted that a number of city land use laws haven’t been revised in quite a while so it may be time to investigate possible regulatory changes to better preserve Carson City’s historical integrity before it’s too late.
Schools on 2-hour Delay:
Attention: Due to winter related conditions, all schools in the Carson City School District will begin 2-hours later than their usual start time, Friday, Jan. 17th. All Pre-K and Early Childhood classes are canceled. Principals will adjust the school schedule for the shortened day. Educators and staff should arrive safely and as early as they are able, well before school is to begin on the shortened schedule. Please take caution and plan 2-times your normal travel time depending on driving conditions. The school day will end at the normal time. Breakfast will not be served.
Click here for more information about weather related school closures.
Carson City getting first real taste of winter besides low temperatures…
All afterschool programs
canceled Thursday, Jan. 16!!
THAT’S TODAY…BY THE WAY…
1:45pm Rear ender crash on Carson at 4th. Watch for emergency vehicles.
1:50pm Another Crash at King & Division
Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to 864 South Saliman on a report of one roommate holding a rifle, pointing it at the other, ordering him to move out. The victim said he was terrified and that his assailant grabbed his cellphone and wallet.
Somehow the victim managed to summon law enforcement who arrived to find gunman John Shelly with a rifle in his hands, wrapped in a blanket. Deputies quickly disarmed Shelly and cuffed him up.
The reason for the confrontation was not revealed in the criminal complaint. Shelly was jailed on $60,000 bail for Robbery and Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
5:51pm Many fire units are enroute.
5:53pm Turned out to be a bonfire of rubbish. Most fire units returning to base.
The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in attempting to locate a issing/endangered elderly male. 62 year old Edward Ellermeier was last seen in Carson City at the Carson Tahoe Hospital on the of 12/21/2019. Edward was reported missing by family members out of State on 1/7/2020. Eward is described as 5’08, 160 pounds. He is bald with a grey goatee. He was last known to be driving a 1984 Ford Thunderbird with an Idaho license plate of 1A1839K. The public is urged to call the Carson City Sheriff’s office at 775-887-COPS (2677) if he is seen. The following picture is the most current available.
Anyone with other information on the whereabouts of Edward Ellermeier is asked to call Detective Chaney at 775-283-7853, Captain Brian Humphrey at 775-283-7850, or the Carson City Dispatch at 775-887-COPS (2677). You can remain anonymous.
8:15am Traffic crash on I-580 near East Lake junction. Watch for emergency vehicles.
7:17am – Traffic crash at 3745 Golf Club Drive and 395. Watch for emergency vehicles.
Rollover accident on I-580 at Fairview offramp Monday evening.
A driver heading south on I-580 Monday night lost control of his vehicle as it approached the Fairview Drive offramp. Officers said the driver failed to keep to the straight and narrow, left the freeway, and went partially up the Fairview Drive exit and promptly rolled over injuring his back and neck. He was transported to Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Arriving NHP and CCSO units quickly had the driver out of the upside car and was checked out in an ambulance that was standing by. Name of the driver was not immediately disclosed nor what specifically caused the accident.
Students enroute to schools are getting hurt in Washoe County. We don’t want to see it here in Carson City!!
Administrators and teachers in Carson City are fed up with careless, if not mindless drivers who blow through school zones doing 30 mph (or more), failing to stop for school buses that are collecting and dropping off students throughout the community and generally showing little regard for childrens’ safety.
School officials have had some conversations with Sheriff Ken Furlong and he says his deputies will apply a hyper-focused effort to target drivers making poor decisions and those who are distracted.
Sheriff Furlong said there has been an outcry across the community about the conduct of both drivers and pedestrians. Much of the problem is adults and students not paying attention… drivers and pedestrians are on their phones, snacking, not obeying lights and signs.
Consequently Sheriff Furlong and the school district have offered the following safety tips for drivers:
* Slow down. Speed is the No. 1 contributor in most accidents.
* Stay alert and free of all distractions. Put all cell phones away and refrain from eating, drinking or adjusting the radio.
* Make visual eye-contact with pedestrians. Be prepared to stop at all marked crosswalks. Wave them across if you are stopped at a marked crosswalk.
* Make sure your windshields is clean, clear and unobstructed. Turn on your headlights.
* Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and at intersections. Be courteous to other drivers.
* Be aware of bicyclists and skateboarders whose approaches to crosswalks may be much swifter than those of pedestrians.
* Come to a complete stop providing adequate distance if pedestrians are crossing or preparing to cross.
* Never EVER pass another vehicle that has stopped or is slowing down at a crosswalk.
* Do not perform a U-turn within school zones.
PENALTIES FOR COMMON SCHOOL-RELATED TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS
* Performing a U-turn in a school zone: $115 and 3 demerits.
* Using a cell phone while driving in a school zone or anywhere else minimum $115 fine.
* Speeding in in excess of 10 miles-per-hour over the limit in marked school zones – minimum $115 fine and as many as 2 demerit points.
* Passing a school bus while the lights are flashing and stopping arm is extended: $250 first offense, $500 second offense and a $1,000 fine with possible loss of your drivers license for six months along with driving demerits.
* Loading or unloading your children in a traffic lane also carries an expensive fine.
Being late is absolutely not an excuse for violating the safety of the public, especially school children. And who wants an injury or death of a child on their conscience for the rest of their lives.
12:46pm Traffic crash at Roop and Long. Assessing injuries, if any. Two children in one vehicle are being evaluated.
10:58pm – Report of a natural gas leak at a home at 1834 Newman Place. CCFD is enroute. Southwest Gas is also enroute to the scene.
11:06pm – Firefighters found a propane tank that feeds a backyard bar-be-cue emitting gas. Firefighters took care of it.
2:13pm Report of a traffic crash at the intersection of Highway 50 and Airport. Sounds like both vehicles are pulling off the road. Both have pulled into the Taco Bell parking lot. Appears to be non-injury.