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NV Law Enforcement Cracking Down On "Distracted Drivers"

PHOTO: Nevada law enforcement is cracking down on motorists who talk or text on their cell phones during "Distracted Driving Awareness Month." Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Defense.
PHOTO: Nevada law enforcement is cracking down on motorists who talk or text on their cell phones during "Distracted Driving Awareness Month." Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Defense.
April 8, 2014

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Law enforcement officers across Nevada are cracking down on drivers using cell phones during April, "Distracted Driving Awareness Month." Trooper Loy Hixson with the Nevada Highway Patrol warned that motorists who text or talk on cell phones are to up four times more likely to be in a crash than drivers who are not distracted.

About one in four traffic crashes and traffic deaths are caused by a distracted driver, Hixson said.

"The last statistic I saw was from 2013, and it looks like around 26 percent of those are involved with distracted driving," Hixon said, "which we do believe could be a low number."

Nevada passed a law a couple of years ago that banned talking, texting and sending or receiving data on a handheld wireless communications device while driving.

Hixson said the Highway Patrol views distracted driving to be as deadly as drunk driving (DUI).

"We are now starting to see more deaths being caused by distracted driving than DUI," he said.

Drivers cited for distracted driving could face a fine of up to $250, he added.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV