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NHP to target drivers using cellphones, texting

Staff report

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Between Feb. 12-23, Nevada's Joining Forces law enforcement team will crack down on distracted drivers throughout the state, officials announced Wednesday.

"Nevada law clearly states that any use of a handheld electronic device — cellphone, mp3 player, GPS device, etc. — while driving is illegal, and offenders will be pulled over and cited," according to a Nevada Highway Patrol news release.

Nevada's ban on handheld devices while driving went into effect three years ago. However, law enforcement continues to spot and cite offenders every day.

"The law was enacted due to an alarming trend on our roads, with more than 3,500 distraction-related crashes every year in our state," officials said. "Law enforcement reminds motorists this increased enforcement isn't just limited to cellphone use behind the wheel. Surfing the Internet, using a GPS or changing the song on your mp3 player are all illegal distractions taking motorists' eyes off the road and causing crashes."

Below are facts regarding distracted driving, according to NHP:

Research has found that using a cellphone behind the wheel makes a driver four times more likely to get into a crash serious enough to cause injury.

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When sending or receiving text messaging behind the wheel, a driver's eyes are off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, equivalent to driving the length of a football field at 65 miles per hour.

The likelihood of crashes dramatically rise when your actions require a combination of visual, manual and cognitive attention.

Because of these facts, NHP is making enforcement on state highways — including 28 and 431 in Incline Village — a priority the next several days.

More information about distracted driving, including facts and statistics, is available at http://www.ZeroFatalitiesNV.com/focus/.