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Henderson Police are Joining Forces to Target Distracted Drivers

January 06, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE
PLEASE CONTACT ROD PENA, (702) 267-4775

Henderson, Nev. –The City of Henderson Police Department starts a nearly 3-week enhanced traffic enforcement action targeting distracted drivers beginning today, January 6, running through January 24, 2020.

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

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.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving encompasses three main types of distraction:

• Visual – taking your eyes off the road
• Manual – taking your hands off the wheel
• Cognitive – taking your mind off what you’re doing

When texting or talking and driving, all three distractions take place which not only endangers the person committing the violation but endangers everyone around you.

Set your device with an auto response, “Sorry I’m driving, but I’ll get back to you as soon as possible”, and stay alive to reply.
 
The Henderson Police Department received $201,000 in federal funding for the extra enforcement initiatives through the Nevada Department of Public Safety - Office of Traffic Safety for the 2020 Joining Forces program.

Please contact Officer Rod Peña, Public Information Officer at 702-267-4509

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