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Henderson Police Target Distracted Drivers in Joining Forces Effort

February 11, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

PLEASE CONTACT KATHLEEN RICHARDS, (702) 267-2051

Henderson, Nev. – Using your cellular phone while driving could not only cause an accident, but may get you a hefty ticket as well. In an effort to make the roadways safer, the Henderson Police Department will be targeting intersections looking for distracted drivers through February 28.

Henderson Police will be joined by other area police officers for this Joining Forces enforcement effort. Plain-clothes officers will be at busy intersections radioing waiting uniformed police officers to pull over drivers that run red lights, are speeding, or are talking or texting on a cell phone.

Officers will be looking for drivers that text, check emails, access the internet or use their hand-held cellular phone while driving. Drivers should not be using their hand-held device at any time their vehicle is in operation, even when stopped at a traffic signal.

Use of a hands-free headset or Bluetooth connection while making voice calls is permissible, as long as the motorist only touches the cell phone to activate or deactivate the device.

The no calling and texting while driving law took effect January 1, 2012. Henderson Police officers issued 2,502 citations to motorists for using a cell phone while driving in 2012; that number fell to 1,976 in 2013.

There are more than 2,000 crashes attributed to distracted driving in Nevada every year, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation.

The Henderson Police Department received $188,000 in federal funding through the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety for the Joining Forces program. The grant provides funding for enforcement and education to reduce deaths and injuries on Nevada roadways. Enforcement efforts during the year will focus on pedestrian safety, seat belt use, speeding, distracted driving and impaired driving.

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