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Campaign to focus on distracted driving
by Tribune Staff
Apr 08, 2012 | 539 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARSON CITY — Beginning this week, the Nevada Highway Patrol and other area law enforcement agencies will begin a targeted campaign to enforce two specific traffic laws.

Troopers will be looking for distracted drivers and for motorists who fail to obey the law that relates to approaching stopped emergency vehicles with emergency lights activated.  Whenever a motorist approaches a stopped emergency vehicle with flashing emergency lights or a tow truck with flashing amber lights, Nevada law states that drivers must reduce their speed and, when possible, move over one lane on a multiple-lane roadway and proceed safely. This is often a difficult law to enforce as the officer is usually already committed to a traffic stop or is out of his or her vehicle assisting another motorist with a disabled vehicle or completing an accident report.

As for distracted driving, law enforcement continues to observe many motorists not obeying the distracted driving law as it relates to talking or texting on a hand-held cell phone. The most common offense is motorists talking, texting or reading emails while their vehicle is stopped for a traffic signal light. Even though the vehicle is stopped, the driver is still operating a motor vehicle, which requires use a hands-free device to be in compliance with the law.
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