Nevada 2012 law makes hands-free cellphone while driving the only option

The requirement to use a cellphone hands-free while driving is usually limited to construction zones, school zones, and other areas needing extra caution. Starting January 1st, 2012, it will become illegal to use your cellphone (talking, texting, or browsing the web) while driving in Nevada.

From the Nevada DMV:

Texting, accessing the internet and hand-held cell phone use while driving are illegal in Nevada as of January 1st, 2012.

The fines are $50 for the first offense in seven years, $100 for the second and $250 for the third and subsequent offenses. Fines are subject to doubling if the offense occurs in a work zone. The first offense is not treated as a moving violation for DMV and insurance purposes.

You can talk using a hands-free headset and, while making voice calls, touch the phone to “activate, deactivate or initiate a feature or function on the device.”

Other exceptions include:

  • Any person reporting a medical emergency, a safety hazard or criminal activity.
  • Drivers using a voice-operated navigation system affixed to the vehicle or those riding in autonomous vehicles.
  • Drivers using citizen band or other two-way radios that require a license and have a separate, handheld microphone.
  • Law enforcement officers, firefighters or emergency medical personnel acting within the scope of their employment.
  • Utility workers responding to an outage or emergency and using devices provided by the company.
  • Amateur radio operators providing communications services during an emergency or disaster.

In addition, Nevada Department of Transportation has been running a No Phone Zone campaign to increase awareness of the upcoming law change.

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Posted by Jason Hamilton | December 30, 2011  |  No Comment

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