A great article in the Las Vegas Sun says that when the Nevada legislature meets in February it will consider a bill to ban cell phone use while driving, including texting.
Although there are already laws against driving while distracted, supporters of the ban want to target these distractions. In the article, Metro Police spokesman Jacinto Rivera says it would probably be easier to prosecute someone for violating a texting or cell phone ban if the driver caused an accident because authorities could subpoena phone company records to see if the person was really on their phone.
The article says “from 2005 through 2009, 1,158 reported crashes in Clark County involved cell phone use, producing no fatalities but 706 injuries, according to the Nevada Transportation Department…
The dangers of cell phone use have been apparent to traffic safety experts for many years, but there has been stiff political resistance in Nevada to any ban involving drivers.”
When lawmakers consider the bill, they will also hear from a Las Vegas woman who remains on disability 6 years after a girl talking on her cell phone hit her and her husband on U.S. 95. You can read her story and the article by clicking on the link below.
Every day people call my office after being hit by a distracted driver. If you or someone you love is in an accident, call us at 702-240-0000 or go to www.edbernstein.com.
-Edward M Bernstein and Associates
Legislature to consider banning use of cell phones while driving Measures to ban cell phone use while driving careen onto legislative agenda
By Steve Kanigher (contact)
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 | 2 a.m.
When the Legislature meets in February to consider bills, including those prohibiting motorists from texting or otherwise using cell phones while driving, lawmakers will hear about a Las Vegas woman who remains on disability six years after she and her husband were seriously injured in an accident on U.S. 95.
Find this article at: Las Vegas Sun