Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011 | 4:45 p.m.
Gov. Brian Sandoval, state and federal officials and other backers of a new ban on texting and talking on cell phones while driving say the law will save lives in Nevada.
At a press conference Thursday in Carson City, Sandoval was joined by state Sen. Shirley Breeden of Henderson, who sponsored the bill that takes effect Saturday.
Until Jan. 1, officers will issue warnings to drivers caught using a hand-held device. After that, fines will range from $50 for a first offense to $250 for a third and subsequent violations.
Traffic safety experts say at any given moment across the U.S., more than 800,000 vehicles are being driven by someone using a handheld cell phone.
Last year in Nevada, more than 3,000 traffic accidents involved distracted drivers.