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April 26, 2015

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NHP issues 12,000 tickets for phone use while driving

The Nevada Highway Patrol says it handed out nearly 12,000 tickets in the past year to people using cell phones while driving.

Officials say most were getting their first phone ticket, while 30 were cited for their second offense and 25 were getting their third ticket.

A state law passed in 2011 bans cell phone use while driving and covers texting or reading from a cell phone, even while stopped in traffic or at a light.

The ban carries a $112 fine for the first ticket, with a second offense costing $192, and a third or subsequent violation costing $352. Repeat offenders also face demerits on their driving record.

Troopers recommend drivers use a hands-free device or refrain from using their phones altogether while driving.

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  1. Whoa...

    That's a BUNCH of 'revenue generating'!

    Yet people still shamelessly flaunt there stupidity every moment of every day, as you cannot drive down the road without seeing people using their cell phones. It's like it's another appendage that is just physically *(mentally) impossible for them to 'drive' without.
    What DID we do without all these gadgets to fiddle-with-while-driving?

    Happy New Year!

  2. Revenue enhancement? Yes. Effect on actual road safety? Hardly. Passive-aggressive lawmaking? Definitely.

  3. I would love to see a study comparing the number of accidents for cars with devices like Tom-Tom vs those without. I suspect those devices are far more distracting than talking on the phone is.

  4. Keep in mind the percentages of individuals who dont care about the law, traffic courtesies or any other person but themselves at all times. "I do what I want, when I want and to hell with you, ahole." is pretty much the going rate.