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Driving and texting ban takes effect
by Sandra Chereb - Associated Press
Oct 01, 2011 | 1631 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Starting today, those using hands-on cell phones  maybe stopped and given a warning, but tickets will be issued starting January 1. However, according to the NHP,  if a person causes an accident and its found they were using their phone any resulting charges may be enhanced all the way to a mandatory court appearance.
Tribune/Dan McGee Starting today, those using hands-on cell phones maybe stopped and given a warning, but tickets will be issued starting January 1. However, according to the NHP, if a person causes an accident and its found they were using their phone any resulting charges may be enhanced all the way to a mandatory court appearance.
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Tribune/Dan McGee
Starting today a person driving and using a hand held cell phone might be stopped and given a friendly warning. But starting January 1, they'll get a ticket. Here Sparks Police Sergeant Pat Dyer, and department staff member Delpha Rizzuto illustrate what a stop might look like.
Tribune/Dan McGee Starting today a person driving and using a hand held cell phone might be stopped and given a friendly warning. But starting January 1, they'll get a ticket. Here Sparks Police Sergeant Pat Dyer, and department staff member Delpha Rizzuto illustrate what a stop might look like.
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CARSON CITY (AP) — Nevadans have three months to wean themselves from talking and texting while behind the wheel, and law enforcement officers are at the ready to offer some stern support to help them along.

A new law banning talking on a hand-held cell phone or operating an electronic device while driving takes effect today. Hands-free calling is still allowed.

For three months, offending drivers will be given warnings. But come Jan. 1, violators will be slapped with fines — $50 for a first offense, $100 for a second and $250 for a third or subsequent violation.

“This new law is imperative for every Nevadan and those who choose to visit our great state,” said Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Armando Avina. “Distracted driving leads to traffic accidents which result is serious bodily harm and/or death. This law is about making Nevada’s roads safer. A driver’s surroundings are constantly changing, whether someone is stopped or in motion. A driver’s sole focus has to be on traffic safety.”

Nevada becomes one of nine states and the District of Columbia to prohibit all drivers from using a hand-held cell phone, and one of 34 states to ban text messaging for all drivers.
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