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Henderson police join forces to target distracted drivers

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Posted at 8:02 AM, Jan 14, 2021

HENDERSON (KTNV) — The Henderson Police Department will increase enforcement of distracted drivers starting Friday.

Officials say the increased enforcement is part of Joining Forces, a statewide law enforcement program, where agencies work together to make roadways safer by enforcing distracted driving laws.

The HPD says the program is scheduled to run through Jan. 25.

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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 not only endangers the person committing the violation but endangers everyone on the road, according to authorities.

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 the driver's attention.

Henderson police say they received $220,000 in federal funding for the enhanced enforcement initiatives through the Nevada Department of Public Safety for the Joining Forces program.