Over the past week, Washoe County Sheriff's Office has given out more
than 60 citations for cellphone use by drivers. Nevada is doing a statewide
crackdown on drivers for using their phones. This law, preventing drivers
from talking on the phone while driving unless using a hands free device,
has been in place for two years now. While all the local authorities combined,
more than 200 citations have been given since beginning the distracted-driver
awareness program. One Friday shift that was five hours long ended with
authorities giving 114 citations.
This program has been funded through a $1.5 million federal grant given
by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This grant was
dispersed to 26 different law enforcement agencies throughout the state
of Nevada.The grant also sponsors other programs like intoxicated drivers
and speeding awareness.
Reno police Sgt. Joe Robinson said, "It's important to get a consistent
message out that law enforcement is pursuing these efforts."
Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen said, "What we are mainly
seeing, quite frankly, are people still reading text messages, emails
or checking Facebook while stopped in traffic. That is the majority of
the violations. But we still continue to see motorists talking on phones
with the phone to their ear."
If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges in Reno/Sparks/Carson
City or the Lake Tahoe area, contact Joey Gilbert Lawto discuss your rights. Call (775) 574-4774