Valley residents still using cellphones while driving
A lot of people still haven't put down their cellphones while driving despite the new law. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It is a big problem on the Valley roads. Many people are still using their cellphones while driving despite statewide ban that went into effect a year ago.
One Valley resident, Cornelius Lott, uses his bike to get around town and he says he often feels like he is taking a chance. He is able to see drivers up close and knows what they are doing when behind the wheel.
Nevada's ban on drivers using hand-held cellphones went into effect last year on Oct. 1. But, one year later, there are still lots of people making phone calls and texting.
According to the Nevada Department of Transportation, more than 4,500 citations were issued through the first six months of the year.
Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Loy Hixson says many drivers have him the excuse that they are just using their phone for a second. But, he emphasizes that it only takes a second or two for many accidents to happen.