It’s been a year since Nevada banned cell phone use with the intent to lessen distracted driving while driving. Now, a new report released by The Nevada Highway Patrol shows that an estimated 12,000 citations were handed out during 2012, statewide.
Distracted driving involves any activity that diverts the driver’s attention from the road, including texting while driving, which has become increasing more common and contributed to far too many car crashes.
While the statistics are no fully gathered, numbers show 11,992 citations were issued to drivers that were observed texting, talking or reading while on Nevada highways.
As of December 26, 2012 – 30 citations were second offense drivers.
25 citations were a third offense.
Each of the first five months saw more than 1,100 citations with the highest occurrence in May with a total of 1,269.
June was the first of four months to reach triple digits and December brought in the lowest number.
Agencies throughout the region and nationwide are actively trying to warn drivers of the imminent dangers of distracted driving through demonstrations and campaigns such as 60forSafety.org.
Distracted Driving Safety Tips
No talking or texting while operating a vehicle.
Make adjustments to the GPS, mirrors, CD player and anything else that may otherwise distract you or take your eyes off the road while driving, before you start driving.
There is no excuse for texting while driving. There is no message that cannot wait until you have a safe moment. The key is to keep educating teen drivers and adult drivers as well of the dangers of distracted driving.
Visit Distraction.gov to learn about specific state laws governing the use of cell phones and hand-held devices while driving.
Steve is the Managing Shareholder of Steven J. Klearman & Associates, a civil litigation law firm located in Reno, Nevada. He practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation and injury law, and has authored one of the definitive guides to Nevada civil law that is widely used by Nevada judges and attorneys, his book entitled Elements of Nevada Legal Theories.