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Enforcement Effort Targets Distracted Drivers

January 31, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE
PLEASE CONTACT KATRINA ROTHMEYER, (702) 267-4596

Henderson, Nev. –The Henderson Police Department will start a nearly three-week enhanced traffic enforcement action targeting distracted drivers starting February 1, running through February 19, 2019.

As part of Joining Forces, a statewide law enforcement program, agencies will work together in an effort to make roadways safer by enforcing distracted driving laws.

While using a cell phone may be the most commonly thought of distracted driving activity, many other activities can cause drivers to lose focus and lead to a crash such as eating, talking to passengers, changing radio stations, or adjusting climate controls.

In 2017, there were 458 crashes with 10 fatalities in Nevada directly involving distracted drivers, according to the Nevada Department of Public Safety.

Nevada law forbids drivers from using a cell phone or other electronic device at any time while their vehicle is in operation, even when stopped at a red light. Drivers can use a hands-free headset or Bluetooth to make calls while driving. However, talking on the phone should not divert their attention from driving safely.

Henderson Police Department received $183,860 in federal funding for the extra patrols through the Nevada Department of Public Safety - Office of Traffic Safety for the 2019 Joining Forces program.

Please contact Officer Katrina Rothmeyer, Public Information Officer at 702-267-4509

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