Texting While Driving. It Can Wait.

Distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents. In 2011, 20 percent of all injury-causing car accidents involved distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). And a driver who is using a hand-held device is four times as likely to get into a serious-injury car accident, says the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This is all on top of numerous studies showing that drivers who use a cell phone while driving (even those who go hands-free) have their reaction time and judgment impaired to the same level as a driver who is legally intoxicated.

What is meant by ‘texting while driving?’

Laws that prohibit texting, usually prohibit more than the process of sending and receiving text messages on a cell phone. Typically, they prohibit drivers from using a cell phone, text messaging device, personal digital assistant (PDA), computer, or similar wireless device to write, send, or read text data while driving. The ban usually applies to text messages, instant messages (IM), email, and Internet data.

The Following is a list of the Nevada Laws Provided by Joey Gilbert Law:

The Nevada legislature passed a bill that would prohibit all drivers from texting or using a hand-held cell phone while driving. The legislation, Senate Bill (SB) 140, was subsequently signed by the governor and enacted in 2012.

Texting Ban

Nevada law now prohibits drivers from using a cell phone or other wireless communications device to access or search the Internet, or to type, enter, send, or read any non-voice communication, including text messages, instant messages (IM), or email.

Violation of the law is punishable by a fine of up to $50 for a first offense; $100 for a second offense within seven years; and $250 for a third offense within seven years. Higher fines are imposed on drivers who violate the law in traffic control zones.

If you or a loved one are facing criminal charges (Including Traffic Tickets) in Reno or Lake Tahoe areas, contact Joey Gilbert Law to discuss your rights.


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