Distracted Driving Awareness Program

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


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