Nevada’s lack of movement on outlawing text messaging or other dangerous
driving behavior was one of the main topics of conversation at the last
national Distracted Driving Summit, on Sept. 21 in Washington, D.C.
Advocates say banning text messaging, and/or hand-held cell phone use while
driving, could reduce the number of serious and fatal Reno car accidents
and accidents elsewhere in Nevada. Nationwide, an estimated 6,000 people
according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported in 2008 that the state estimates
up to 30 percent of fatal accidents are caused by distracted driving.
That article was in regards to a possible text messaging ban that never
The Governor’s Highway Safety Association reports that Nevada is
one of only a few states who have done nothing about the issue. Others
include Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, North and South Dakota, Ohio
and South Carolina. Thirty states now ban text messaging by all drivers
– 11 of those states have enacted laws this year.
The government hopes the summit can be used as a tool to induce states
to enact tougher safety measures.
"Working together, we can put an end to the thousands of needless
deaths and injuries caused by distracted driving each year", said
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary – Ray LaHood; "By
getting the best minds together, I believe we can figure out how to get
people to put down their phones and pay attention to the road."
If asking nicely doesn’t work, all signs point to the use of the
stick; withholding federal highway dollars was the primary means used
to get states to fall in line when it comes to speed limits and a uniform
standard for drunk driving offenses. Most
Reno injury attorneys and Reno wrongful death lawyers concur with these tactics.
Media reports indicate that Congress is already considering the use of
highway funding as a motivator for states that have been slow to act.
It worked in Nevada, where recently legislation went into affect banning
texting while driving and the use of a hands-free device for all phone
calls. As of Oct 1st, drivers will be given a warning. After the 1st of the year, citations with fines will be handed out to drivers breaking
the new law.
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