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Nevada's Handheld Ban

The popularity of mobile devices has had some unintended and sometimes deadly consequences.

An alarming number of traffic accidents are linked to driving while distracted, including use of mobile devices while driving, resulting in injury and loss of life. The most recent national statistics are sobering.

Approximately nine people are killed and more than 1,000 injured daily in the United States in incidents reported as involving a distracted driver, according to the CDC.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states there were 3,477 people killed and an estimated additional 391,000 people injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015 alone.

During daylight hours across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving. These numbers are the highest for people ages 16-24.

What can you do to help?

Give clear instructions – Give new drivers simple, clear instructions not to use their wireless devices while driving. Before new drivers get their licenses, discuss the fact that taking their eyes off the road – even for a few seconds – could cost someone injury or even death.

Lead by example – No one should text and drive. Be an example for others and if you need to text or talk on the phone, pull over to a safe place. Set rules for yourself and your household regarding distracted driving.

State laws

Currently there is no national ban on texting or using a wireless phone while driving, but a number of states have passed laws banning texting or wireless phones or requiring hands-free use of wireless phones while driving. Nevada is one of these states.

If you've been rear-ended by a person who you suspect was texting while driving, or been in an accident as a result of another person's negligence, contact Sgro & Roger for a free consultation today at 702.384.9800.


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