Henderson Police Ticket Motorists for Driving Distracted
March 26, 2014
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Henderson, Nev. – Henderson Police officers ticketed nearly 200 motorists for texting, checking emails, accessing the internet or using their hand-held cellular phone while driving during a recent enforcement effort.
Traffic officers conducted a Joining Forces distracted driving event with officers from Nevada Highway Patrol and Boulder City. The combined effort took place February 10 to February 28, the fifth joining forces event so far this year.
Officers made a total of 560 stops and handed out 188 citations for distracted driving. The officers also issued 147 tickets for speeding, 74 for registration violations and 59 for no insurance.
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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