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July 23, 2014

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Police on special lookout for Nevada drivers using cellphones

Law enforcement throughout Nevada will be joining forces this month to make sure drivers keep their eyes glued to the roadway and not their cellphones.

Starting today through April 20, Nevada’s Joining Forces law enforcement team will be looking to pull over drivers who are texting, calling someone, changing a song or using a GPS.

While they are common practices in the car, Nevada Department of Public Safety said they are illegal and causing crashes throughout the state. Driving with a cellphone makes a driver four times more likely to get into a serious crash, safety officials said.

Nevada banned using handheld devices while driving on Jan. 1 due to an alarming trend of 3,500 distraction-related crashes every year in the state, police said.

The Joining Forces team urges drivers to focus on driving and not on their incoming calls or messages.

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