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Henderson Police target distracted drivers

Posted at 9:57 PM, Mar 31, 2016
If you text and drive, you could be ticketed. Henderson Police will be targeting drivers who do not put down their cell phone while driving from April 1 through April 20.
Under Nevada law, drivers are not permitted to physically handle a cell phone or other electronic device at any time their vehicle is in operation, even when stopped at a traffic light.
Bluetooth and other hands-free devices are okay, as long as the driver only touches their cell phone to activate or deactivate the device. Voice-operated or in-car fixed navigation systems are also fine.
More than 2,000 crashes are attributed to distracted driving in Nevada every year, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation. 
The Henderson Police Department received $200,400 in federal funding for the 2016 Joining Forces program, which provides enforcement and education to reduce deaths and injuries on Nevada roadways. Enforcement events during the year will focus on pedestrian safety, seat belt use, speeding, distracted driving and impaired driving.