Are You Reading This While Driving? If So, STOP!

To all motorists who've been talking and texting on their cell phones during the last three months. Your time legally texting, talking and driving are nearing an end.

Beginning on January 1st 2012, the state's ban on driving and cellphone use will officially begin.
Those who are facing their first offense will be charged with a $50 and your second offense will run you approximately $112 with court fees added on. A first offense will not be treated as a moving violation, Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen said.

There has been a 3-months notice regarding the birth of this law and Nevadans are expected to have gotten the message.

Since October, law enforcement have been warning drivers caught using their phones that beginning Jan. 1 it is illegal to use a handheld cell phone to talk, text, read email or surf the Internet. It's also prohibited to handle cell phones at stoplights or signs, or while idling in the traffic.

The legal alternatives to using a handheld cell phone are Bluetooth devices, wireless speaker systems, or having a phone mounted inside the vehicle. Public safety personnel are exempt from the ban, although the Department of Public Safety issued a policy that mandates all those driving state vehicles adapt to hands-free devices, Allen said.

If you are facing charges in Reno or Lake Tahoe, contact Joey Gilbert Law to discuss your rights. Call (775) 574-4774 today for a free confidential consultation. Live receptionist 24/7. Se Habla Espanol.


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