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Henderson police cracking down on distracted driving

Dept. receives federal funds for extra patrol
Posted: 10:58 AM, Feb 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-04 18:58:27Z

HENDERSON (KTNV) — Police in Henderson are cracking down on distracted driving, and not just for using a cell phone behind the wheel.

The three-week campaign runs through February 19 and aims to make roadways safer by enforcing distracted driving laws.

Eating, talking to passengers, changing radio stations, or adjusting climate controls while driving could land you a ticket.

Nevada law forbids drivers from using a cell phone or other electronic device at anytime 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 their attention from driving safely.

In 2017, there were 458 crashes with 10 fatalities in Nevada directly involving distracted drivers, according to the Nevada Department of Public Safety.

Henderson Police Department received $183,860 in federal funding for the extra patrols through the Nevada Department of Public Safety - Office of Traffic Safety for the 2019 Joining Forces program.